Plumpton Rocks


Client: Robert Hunter
Value: £250K

Once described by Queen Mary as ‘the nearest place on earth to heaven’, the Grade II registered park and gardens of Plumpton Rocks near Knaresborough in Yorkshire risked loss and was added to the Heritage at Risk Register 2012.

Frank Whittle Partnership were appointed in September 2015 to provide QS services for works initially funded by Natural England to turn around the progressive silting of the lake and encroaching self-set trees.

The completion of the first phase works attracted further grant contributions from Historic England, with Country Houses Foundation funding enabling additional features to be saved. This included further works, reinstating the island to the north of the lake, which had been entirely lost amongst self-set trees and silting, alongside this, repairs to the Grade II listed dam.