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J N Bentley restoration scheme at Bramham Park


National construction and civil engineering company, J N Bentley, has completed its second scheme at the prestigious Bramham Park in West Yorkshire - the £430,000 restoration of a stepped cascade into the estate's parterre pond.

The Bramham Park Estate is home to a large Grade 1 listed landscape on the English Heritage register of parks and gardens and every year hosts the famous Horse Trials and Leeds Festival.

Following a competitive tender process, J N Bentley was engaged to carefully restore the existing cascade and install a water supply with drainage and a recirculation system. The cascade, which has been abandoned for three hundred years, sits immediately in front of the house at Bramham.

Work began on site in early 2013, shortly after which the archaeological dismantling of the existing cascade revealed an even earlier, more formal scheme behind it, providing further clues as to how the cascade should be sympathetically restore. Skilled stonemasons hand-chiselled magnesium limestone on site and a new concrete retaining wall was installed to strengthen the parterre wall itself. Landscaping and the work of the stonemasons means that the concrete wall is now hidden from view.

Work was completed in September 2013, with owner Nick Lane Fox paying tribute to the work of the J N Bentley team as he commented, "Thanks so much for all of your hard work over this year on the cascade and indeed last year on the T-pond too. Your team has been an absolute pleasure to work with throughout both of these projects."

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