Kenilworth Castle
Warwickshire
RGA have carried out for English Heritage a fascinating project to restore the Tudor garden where Lord Leicester entertained Queen Elizabeth for 19 days in 1575. A letter written at the time describes a garden laid out in quarters around a marble fountain, on axis with a two storey viary, overlooked from a terrace in front of the keep, with classical arbours at each end.

The structures have been designed authentically with green oak frames, as advised by a panel of experts, using evidence from archeological investigations, as well as from pattern books, prints, and construction techniques of the period. The practice also converted Lord Leicester’s Tudor Stables in to an exhibition and café, and designed a new ticket building and shop, a contemporary green oak-framed building following the tradition of timber framed outbuildings that would have been characteristic of the site in medieval times.
Client:  English Heritage
Contract Value: £1.3m