|The view from the Palace towards the Round Pound before (left) and after|
Our second shortlisted scheme is Old Alresford House in Hampshire, where the owner Michael Hall has restored and completed Richard Woods’ 1764 design for the pleasure grounds. It is a compelling tale, to some extent a detective story: the rediscovery of the original Woods drawing, painstaking research, the re-routing of the ha-ha back along its original path, the sourcing of contemporary plants, the shifting of shrubberies to the alignment intended by Woods, the reintroduction of livestock; and the finishing of a project abandoned by Admiral Rodney, Woods’ client, in 1768 when he fled to France to escape his creditors. The result is a fine tableau vivant, authentic to a degree; and as misjudgements and errors from the twentieth century are corrected, the whole composition, and the relationship between house and estate, begins once more to make sense.
|The restored Charles I Bridge at Stanford|
The winner will be announced on the evening of 31 October 2012.