There’s a lot to be said for saving the best ’till last. So much experience has been gained from previous works on the Melon & Fig Houses, providing us with valuable insight for the design of the Vinery House roof structure. Persuading the conservation officer to agree to the use of steel instead of timber for the main beams was, not surprisingly, a long process. However, the decision for choosing this solution was not taken lightly. Steel is a much stronger and more stable material, and the design of the skeletal structure is such that it does not detract from the historic façade.
Meanwhile preparation for the new tomato and lettuce patch in front of the Fig House advances with every wheelbarrow full of horse muck.