Osborne House celebrates major restoration thanks to CRL Restoration et al
THE garden terrace where Queen Victoria sat and painted watercolours is now open to the public for the first time — thanks to help of CRL Restoration and other specialist companies.
The £600,000 restoration project will allow visitors onto the terrace at Osborne House, with panoramic views stretching out across The Solent, which Prince Albert compared to the Bay of Naples.
CRL Restoration look to maximise community engagement in all of our projects so that we give as much as possible back to the local region.
On this project, we employed a number of local people to assist with the extensive conservation works. This included an entire family of decortors and restorers; including Father, Mother, 3 sons and 2 cousins. We also engaged with a number of apprentices from the Isle of Wight College..
At the opening of the terrace on Tuesday 27 June 2017, certificates were presented to our apprentices, as well as the local workers, in recognition of their contribution to the project.
Paul, one of our restorers said: “It feels like a dream come true, especially being local. I can bring my grandchildren here and say I did that.”
CRL Restoration Site manager Patrick had this to say: “I know Queen Victoria would be happy to sit and have tea here, as our visitors will in the weeks and months ahead.”
The beautiful alcove works were carried out by Crick Smith and the mechanical and electrical work to the fountain was done by The Fountain Company, both as direct EH appointments.