Panorama, Croome Park
National Trust West Midlands Region
Croome Park was the first major landscape designed by Capability Brown in the mid 18th century. The Panorama, grade I listed, is located to the west of Croome park and is one of three outer eyecatchers that are situated around the perimeter. Designed by James Wyatt for the 6th Earl of Coventry, construction was started circa 1811.
Feasibilty studies were undertaken, including extensive historical research and structural analysis, to establish the philosophy and nature of repairs required to bring this building, and the other eyecatchers, back in to use as originally intended.
The works involved replacing the existing badley dacayed felt roof covering with Code 8 lead, encorporating segmental bays and hollow cored rolls. Extensive timber repairs to the domed roof structure were required. Stone repairs to replace the damaged stone as a result of corroding ironwork. Extensive replacement of stone paving. Replacement of all sash windows and a new timber decked external viewing terrace. New internal joinery and re-plastering and decorations to the interior. The iron stairwell railings were also repaired.
Completed towards the end of the summer 2010, the building will now be open to the public, providing views accross the entire parkland and surrounding area.