Cambridge Gate Three Graces Statues

Following the first stage of the investigative surveys and modelling, we have now uploaded to the CEPC’s website the Cambridge Gate Three Graces Condition Report, Paint Analysis Report, Cleaning Test Results, Cover Meter Survey, Photograph Survey as well as the Conservation Estimate Cost.

The link to these documents is Cambridge Gate – CEPC

Bearing in mind the potential costs outlined and that at 31 August 2021 there was £18,829 in the Cambridge Gate Garden Fund, we intend to review the options for carrying the work in order of priority and/or on a phased basis. Options could include focusing on the statues most in need of requiring repair first, omitting some of the works such as to the plinths or undertaking one set of plinth and statues at a time over a number of years.

If you have any comments on the approach to the works, please let us know by Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Park Crescent Garden Path Renovation Works

We wish to advise you that new metal edging is being installed in Park Crescent gardens week commencing 18th October 2021. This will involve excavations, cutting of metal, hot works and welding and will run for approximately two weeks with an expected end date of Friday 28th October 2021.

Unfortunately due to the nature of the work Park Crescent gardens will be closed to all garden users during this period on Health and Safety grounds. All appropriate Risk Assessments and Method Statements have been approved by the CEPC. We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Gloucester Gate Garden Path Renovation Works

We wish to advise you that new metal edging between the lawn and gravel path is being installed in Gloucester Gate garden week commencing 25th October 2021. This will involve excavations, cutting of metal, hot works and welding and will run for approximately a week with an expected end date of Friday 29th October 2021. Unfortunately due to the nature of the work the garden will be closed for use during this period on Health and Safety grounds. All appropriate Risk Assessments and Method Statements have been approved by the CEPC. We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Chester Terrace Ballustrade

Further to our previous correspondence regarding works to the balustrade and wall/foundations at Chester Terrace we have received two reviews by third-party structural engineers (Alan Baxter Associates and Ramboll) which the Working Group have met to consider. Each of their reports and the instructions given are available on the CEPC’s website at https://www.cepc.org.uk/residents/chester-terrace-resident-ratepayers-meeting/ Following consideration by the Working Group of the Ramboll review we have asked the CEPC’s structural engineers Hurst Pierce + Malcolm to draft up a potential further option which involves:

  • For the southern section adopting an Option 4 approach (= major works to the wall/foundations and new balustrade)
  • For the other sections minor safety repairs (or continuing barriers) for the balustrade plus ongoing monitoring of wall/foundation/balustrade movement for at least 1 year to assess how those structures are moving and what further works are required in those locations.

This flows from the Ramboll review (and further discussion by the Working Group) which roughly divides the foundations in to three sections. This option would then be costed by a relevant professional on the same basis as the other options previously explored.

Further to a request received by some members of the CTRA, I attach a breakdown of the percentages of the garden rates in Chester Terrace based on the rateable values used in 2021-22. It is important to note that rateable values can change, not necessarily uniformly across a terrace and not necessarily uniformly in the same direction. There was a suggestion by some members of the CTRA that a further request for views of ratepayers be undertaken by the CEPC. Subject to the views of the Commissioners, who have yet to consider the matter, it is suggested that this may be done after the information on the new option mentioned above including its potential estimated cost are available.

I trust this brings you up to date with relevant developments on the matter but please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries.

Railing Repair – St Katharine’s Precinct

As I am sure you are all aware, on Monday 19 July a scaffolding truck hit the lamp column on the exit to St Katherine’s Precinct. We have been liaising with the contractors’ insurers to get this repaired as soon as possible. After gathering multiple quotes and recommending the most appropriate contractor, this work is expected to be carried out from mid of October.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and if you would like to discuss in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact the CEPC Surveyor on 07940 470998.

Hanover Terrace Border Renovation Works

We wish to advise you that in early October work by the gardens team will commence on the renovation of the entrance border coming into the Hanover Terrace. This work will mirror the redesign that was undertaken at the exit border of the terrace in Spring 2020. It will entail the renovation of overgrown shrubs, cultivation of the border area by adding tonnes of organic matter and planting new shrubs, herbaceous perennials and spring bulbs. All terrace garden redesigns on the estate are guided by CEPC’s Planting Principles. This document can be found on our website www.cepc.org.uk.

As custodians of the estate and the historic landscape of Regent’s Park, these principles have been created to ensure that integrity of planting from the Nash period of design in the eighteenth century is retained across all terrace gardens when renovation or replanting is undertaken. This work will take 2 -3 weeks with minimal impact on garden use and access to the terrace. We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause you, but the benefit will soon be seen and enjoyed by all.