Drakes Place Reservoir, Plymouth

The works required the restoration of Drakes Place Reservoir and Gardens and consisted of:

  • replacement fountains
  • bespoke railings
  • refurbishment of a listed building
  • retaining walls
  • surfacing works to concrete cascade and tiers
  • landscaping and planting

The railings were fabricated off site, galvanised and then powder coated.  Retaining walls were concrete reinforced and clad with limestone.  Granite kerbs and bitmac macadam were used for surfacing.  In situ concrete works to cascade and tiers with decoration limestone boulders.

The paths in the park were completed with resin bonded surfacing.  The fountains were extended with limestone including new pipework, pumps and bronze fountain heads.

The listed building was re-roofed and re-decorated inside, maintaining all original features.

The project was challenging, particularly the new fountains which involved works being carried out from pontoons on the reservoir and the use of cranes and divers for the installation of the pumps and pipework.


  • Refurbishment and restoration of public area
  • Client – Plymouth University
  • Completion – June 2014
  • Value – £711,000