Tatton Park features 50 acres of award-winning gardens in which historic buildings nestle among stunning flora and fauna. But the extensive maintenance involved with such an estate doesn’t come without its difficulties…
Cheshire Council and Tatton Park Estate have worked tirelessly to preserve features such as the extensive Arboretum, Italian and Tower Gardens, Orangery, Walled Kitchen Garden, Japanese Garden an much more.
Glorious Glass Houses
The extensive Victorian glass houses are an eye-catching feature among the gardens. Conventional exterior paints have flaked and peeled within a year of painting and the glass houses have become tired and susceptible to rot.
Architects Purcell, specialists in the preservation of historic building, has been brought in alongside Oricalcum to provide some much-needed care and attention to the glass houses.
Oricalcum Director Michiel Brouns said: “Linseed paint has outstanding preservation properties. " The problem with the glass house was that the previous paint applied was a conventional modern exterior 'plastic' paint, which trapped moisture and lead to rotting timber.
"All existing paint was stripped using Speedheater Cobras after which Oricalcum Linseed Paint was applied in thin coats.” says Michiel.
The Cost of Rot
Purcell UK Architect Damien Woolliscroft said: “The gardens and buildings at Tatton Park are vast and require extensive maintenance. We’re working to keep this to a minimal.” When applied properly, linseed paint provides long-lasting protection to exteriors with very little maintenance. After about 10 years all you need to do is wipe the surface of the paint with a little linseed oil.
“The glass houses are almost all original timber. We approached Oricalcum to assist us in preserving this,” says Damien.
"It’s clear the glass houses are adverse to bad weather and ready to succumb to rot," says Michiel. Linseed paint penetrates deep into the timber, coating it with a moisture-management paint that draws any damp from the wood to stop decay.
Linseed paint is an all-natural, solvent-free product which has been used for decades on traditional architecture. This is a perfect synergy between Oricalcum linseed paint and the historic buildings at Tatton Park.