Conserving Brick Walls at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserve
USL were pleased to work in partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust at Warley Place Nature Reserve to conserve and repair extensive sections of boundary walls and brickwork.
Working in conjunction with architects TAS (The Architects Studio), the works were carried out over a 35-week period and completed early 2023.
Located south of Brentwood in Essex, this 25-acre site is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was the garden of the leading Edwardian horticulturalist, Ellen Willmott, who planted many floras from all over the world, some of which still survive. Besides the natural elements, all that remains is the ruined remnants of Warley place, basement foundations, conservatory, and boundary walls.
Our team carried out extensive localised conservation repairs to vast sections of the park’s walls including; the removal of vegetation, exfoliation and brushing of brickwork, repairs, brick rebuilding, repointing, lime mortar flaunching repairs, and installation of metal buttresses.
The aim of the scheme was to conserve, clean and stabilise the brick walls, and carry out sensitive conservation work to prolong the condition.
The site is still popular today with local walkers and features natural interests such as, sweet chestnut trees, and flowers including daffodils, foxgloves, snowdrops and crocuses.