Rivington Terraced Gardens

Rivington Terraced Gardens were originally created for soap magnate Lord Leverhulme as a spectacular retreat for him to relax and entertain in. Situated on the hillside below Rivington Pike, the Gardens were designed by landscape designer Thomas Mawson. Following Lord Leverhulme’s death in 1925, the property was sold, and the gardens began to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, United Utilities now own the land and in 2016 funding of £3.4Million was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Groundworks Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside and United Utilities
Architect/client representative
Donald Insall Associates Ltd
Contract value

The restoration plans were driven by a partnership of the Rivington Heritage Trust, Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside and United Utilities.   Historic Property Restoration were successfully awarded the £2.3M project restoration package to conserve and revitalise Rivington Terraced Gardens.

The Gardens contain 11 Grade II listed structures, including the Pigeon Tower, the Seven Arch Bridge and five summerhouses.  All the buildings will be completely protected whilst the restoration work is carried out and a comprehensive programme of path and drainage work to improve access to and around the gardens to improve accessibility.

The Dean and Chapter and its Fabric Advisory Committee is thrilled with the quality of work produced by HPR Ltd. The skills exhibited in stone masonry are particularly fine. Managers and staff have developed good relations with the client team – we couldn’t have asked for better attitude or commitment.

Lindy Gilliland Testimonial -
Lindy Gilliland - Newcastle Cathedral Project Manager

"From my personal perspective, this was one of the best projects I have been involved with over the last 35 years as a Chartered Building Surveyor, RIS Accredited in Building Conservation. My client role on this was a complete pleasure, because you and your team were first class, complementing the excellent professional design team. Well done!"

Richard Dunn -
PCC Project Co-ordinator, for St John the Baptist Church, Wilberfoss

"May I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for your professional and unfailingly helpful conduct during this project. We particularly appreciate the efforts made to overcome the deficiencies and problems arising from the previous contractor."

Andrew Bodenham -
Blackett Ord Conservation

"HPR recognise, and allow for, the necessary archaeological recording to take place during consolidation work and the disruptions that this may cause to their planned programme of work comes as no surprise to them. This awareness means that their workforce is able to be pro-active in informing the archaeologist of any possible instances when recording may be necessary."

Mick Krupa -
NPHT Archaeologist at Nenthead Smeltmill

"Historic Property Restoration carried out the first phase of the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Town Hall. The company were extremely professional in their approach throughout the entire process as befits a company with extensive experience in the conservation and restoration sector."

David Lodge -
Greater Morpeth Development Trust

"Historic Property Restoration deliver good quality work to programme and budget on a regular basis. They are reliable and value for money."

Ian Merritt -
English Heritage Conservation and Maintenance Manager
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The Italian and Japanese Lakes are being drained, de-silted and re-lined before being refilled again, ensuring their long-term future. The surrounding woodland areas will be cleared to discover new paths, stairways and over time it is hoped that a greater number and variety of plants and animals will appear in the estate

The improvements to the Gardens will enable them to be better managed in the future and safeguarding heritage for generations to come.