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Ecological Advice to Award Winning Project

agb Environmental provided ecological advice to the Natural Trust in their award winning Wimpole Hall Gothic Tower restoration project.

The recently restored 18th century Gothic Tower at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire is among the winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field.

The restoration of this Gothic Tower, located at Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, presented a complex conservation problem. The Tower is a pseudo-medieval ruin of a castle, based on a sketch by the architect Sanderson Miller in 1749 for his patron, Lord Hardwicke, the owner of Wimpole Hall. Over the following centuries, the ruin suffered extensive and gradual damage. This meant that many important characteristics were completely eroded while public access to the Tower and landscape was limited.

The restoration called for extensive research to return it to its intended appearance. This required thought surrounding the issues of restoring a structure which was built to appear as a ruin. Securing it for the coming centuries was paramount, as was preserving its weathered beauty. In the 19th to early 20th century, its interior was occupied by servants from the Hall.

agb Environmental is proud to have supported this project through the provision of specialist ecological consultancy services, including bat surveys and conservation advice. 

Congratulations to the National Trust and the wider project team!  More information about the award, and to vote for the project in the Public Choice Award, click here. For more information about the project, click here.

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For more information on the ecological services provided by agb Environmental, please contact Alex Brearley, Managing Director on 01638 663226 or email