David Newton Associates : Consultants for the Conservation and creation of Unique Buildings
Projects: Central gardens, Portland Square, Bristol.
These central public gardens were laid out in the first decade of the 19th century and are enclosed by iron gates and railings set on a low stone plinth. Decades of neglect had left the ironwork decaying and distorted by tree roots. The stone plinths were also in a poor condition caused by weathering and by expansion of the decaying ironwork.

With funding from the HLF Bristol City Council were able to organise an extensive programme of repairs and reinstatement which included re-setting new and repaired sections of pennant stone plinth and repairing the cast and wrought sections of railings, gates and overthrows. Inappropriate later palings were replaced although early replacements and alterations were retained. The perimeter pedestrian path was resurfaced with new pennant stone flags and the gate overthrows fitted with specially commissioned lighting units.

View of overthrow with St Pauls church behind Plan of the central gardens (BCC)
Railings before repairs & re-setting Resetting in progress
Paling tips before repair Proposed repairs to paling tips
Leading-in of palings to top rail Proposed repairs to gates and overthrow
Gates and overthrow after repairs Railings and stays after repairs & re-setting

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