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Celebrating 40 Years of Construction

#Throwbackthursday - 1989 - Painshill Park, Surrey

In 1981, after falling into disrepair, Painshill Park Trust was formed to restore the 18th century landscape garden to its original state.

Following the completion of several other projects at Painshill Park, MCS was approached to undertake the extensive waterproofing and structural remedial works to the original Grotto roof.

Working in close collaboration with Robin Nugent at Broadway Malyan, and Clive Dawson at Hockley & Dawson the works had to be undertaken in strict sequence in order not to overload the existing structures integrity so to protect the delicate structure beneath. In addition deliveries had to be carefully managed due the restricted access to the island via a very small and narrow timber foot bridge.

These specialist works were undertaken by MCS’s direct labour team, led by Site Foreman Steph Black who still works at MCS today.

Today the spectacular Grotto is a magical, naturalistic cave with shimmering, bubbling water, rough rock and stalactites covered in sparkling crystals. The Crystal Grotto is included in entry to the landscape garden, but is sometimes closed for maintenance. Please check the Grotto opening times before planning your visit.

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