Soft bank protection for Getty Estate’s new lake island pavilion

Getty Pavilion

Working with Mace, Salix has helped the Wormsley Estate to construct a stunning new island pavilion on its lake.

Sir Paul Getty began restoring the 2,500-acre Wormsley Estate in the Chiltern Hills close to High Wycombe in 1985. In that time, many environmental, heritage and access improvements have been undertaken, including the construction of an award-winning Opera Pavilion for Garsington Opera.

Wormsley Estate Manager, Patrick Maxwell, says:

“Our new Island Pavilion was designed by Robin Snell to compliment the Garsington Opera Pavilion. With fantastic views of the estate’s lake and its wildlife, the new Island Pavilion, which houses a Jeff Koons sculpture from his renowned ‘Cracked Egg’ series, is available for hospitality hire at Wormsley Estate events.

We asked Salix to help prepare the island ahead of the construction of the Island Pavilion, and to provide a bioengineered solution to the island’s erosion problems.”

laying turf

Pete Barlow, Construction Director for Salix, adds:

“We used our floating pontoon to install 60-metres of Coir Roll soft bank protection planted with a mixture of native reed species, and 30-metres of Rock Rolls to protect the lake island from erosion.

We also helped with the groundworks, putting in the piling and drainage for the new pavilion, and installing a series of flint filled gabions to create a footpath around the island. Finally we laid specialist landscaping turf around the site.”

flint filled gabions