July 2017
Number 3

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. 
the completed terraces
The lower terrace of Osborne House is known as a favourite spot of Queen Victoria, who used to sit there to paint watercolours while on the Isle of Wight
More than a century later, it has been made safe as part of a £600,000 English Heritage restoration project

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the team
At the official opening of the garden terrace and Andromeda fountain are, front, CRL Restoration site manager Patrick and Osborne House manager Rob Flower with the local CRL Restoration restorers and the IoW apprentices

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the Shell Alcove
The shell alcove, with its bright blue canopy, has been lovingly repaired and painted by Crick-Smith to reflect the original colours as in Queen Victoria's time

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the restored andromeda fountain
The centrepiece of the terrace is the Andromeda fountain, bought by Queen Victoria during the 1851 Great Exhibition, which was painstakingly restored to working order by the Fountain Company

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Alisdair Godfrey, the Project Manager for English Heritage-
"CRL’s workmanship was of the highest quality as you would expect working on a nationally important site, they worked to deliver a zero defect project in close co-operation with EH Curatorial staff and Heritage Architect. The contractor was a good team player and was always collaborative and positive in their approach to working with the client and design team, they were also proactive in developing solutions for problems faced during the course of the works, notably the development of samples for approval. The contractor demonstrated a strong understanding of building conservation and appropriate methodology relevant to the scope of repairs."
some of the works being carried out .....

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