As the oldest building on the iconic property, the former brick and weatherboard residence at Rippon Lea Estate known as the ‘Gardeners Cottage’ had fallen into disrepair. Used by the gardening staff from the 1980s until 2013 when it was deemed uninhabitable, the gardeners were forced to move out. Ivy, working alongside the National Trust gardeners and conservation teams, undertook substantial structural repairs and revitalisation works to ensure the building can be of continued use to the Rippon Lea team.

Key works included major carpentry repairs to the timber section of the building including new footings and subfloor, flooring restoration and replacement, traditional render and brick chimney repairs, new roofing, new kitchen and shower room and painting restoration.

Ivy worked closely with the National Trust from the early stages of the project to ensure the project delivered a space the gardening team could occupy for years to come while meeting available budgets and respecting the heritage fabric of the building.