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David Welch Winter Gardens Structural Repairs
Duthie Park in Aberdeen was given to Aberdeen City Council by Lady Elizabeth Duthie of Ruthrieston, in memory of her uncle and of her brother. The park is noted for the spectacular David Welch winter gardens with tropical and arid houses which contain the second largest collections of bromeliads and of giant cacti respectively in Great Britain. Originally opened in 1899, the greenhouses had to be demolished and rebuilt after suffering storm damage in 1969. The structure was in need of repair and much of the glass needed to be replaced. As part of a £5 million pound refurbishment with funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Aberdeen City Council, Transform tendered the structural and glazing works. The original 1883 plans were consulted in order to restore some of the long-lost features.
Transform carried out structural repairs to the existing aluminium structure of the greenhouse and replacement trusses and glass. We also had to replace existing steel columns, paint the steel and walls, and carry out repairs to the existing block & Fyfe stone walls complete with new movement joints. We also carried out extensive power washing and installed new powder coated aluminium door sets both manual and automatic. Our internal refurbishment works comprised replacement lighting upgrades and replacement timber door sets. The result has breathed a new lease of life into these historic gardens which will allow visitors to relax in this fantastic glass house complex that provides a year-round indoor garden experience.
Year completed: 2013
Scope of Services: Maintenance and Repairs
Total Building Costs: £1,045,674
Client: Aberdeen City Council
Project Team: Transform