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Projects - The Glasshouse, A Fantastical Grotto & Various Landscaping







The Emily Estate

2020 - 2022


Stonewood Builders, Clivedon Conservation

Beveridge CSE, GGPL, Mesh Engineering


Project Description:

As an independent local practice we've been fortunate over the years to have worked at the prestigious Newt in Somerset, an exceptional Grade II* Listed hotel with restaurants and gardens. The beautiful Palladian-fronted Hadspen House, first built in 1687 is surrounded by entirely redesigned gardens centred around an egg-shaped Parabola walled garden. 


Working with the owners and alongside many other building professionals, engineers, architects and surveyors, ArchiWest have played a part in transforming this distinguished estate. This has included alteration works and sensitive repair to a Grade II listed estate building; a steel framed Victorian Glasshouse structure within a landscaped courtyard garden; and works to a truly unique underground grotto complete with bronze wyvern sculpture.   

The Newt

THE GLASSHOUSE With this steel framed Glasshouse every fine detail was considered, from the finials to the meticulous geometric marble and terracotta floor with recessed uplighting. The powder coated steel frame was manufactured and dry assembled off-site, later to be installed with a neat scribed edge detail to the existing stone walls of this Grade II listed building. 

The green tile stove by Royal Tichelaar Makkum creates an especially unique centrepiece in the space, with a nostalgic Victorian look.  

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Oculus roof

THE GROTTOThis concrete domed structure was a truly fascinating project for ArchiWest to be a part of and included project coordination, detailed design consultation, delivery of a subterranean structure, landscaping and significant Mechanical & Electrical coordination works.

The resulting structure and experience wandering around the grotto is striking testament to the skilled local builders and artisans that crafted it.    

Smaller works at the estate have included the remodelling of the owners courtyard garden that wraps around the new Glasshouse, that included a delightful lilly pond (loved by the local newt population) with lead cherub water feature and surrounded by lias flagstones that compliment the local Hadspen stone retaining walls.

Significant engineering works go into relatively small landscaping projects like these that are not always fully appreciated. Recognition of this and the high quality workmanshop should go to the build and engineering team.  

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Through careful detailing, 3d modelling and project management, ArchiWest have helped to deliver several successful projects at the Newt and have enjoyed working in close collaboration with the estate team.

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