Swatton Landscape Blog

The Chelsea build

The dust has well and truly settled from the Chelsea show but I've dug out a few photos of the build. I think we all knew it was going to be quite a technical build, however all the months of planning really paid off as everything went pretty much to plan. From a construction point of view the mountain build-up was the biggest hurdle and it was essential our block retaining walls were built as early as possible in order that we could start creating the foundation for the Pietra Serena steps. We decided on a integrated circular support wall that would sit directly beneath the 3.5 tonne pavilion to take the weight and reduce any risk of movement that could damage our stone.


Our pond was formed with a butyl box welded liner which we laid within a concrete base and block wall structure. Although the willows have already been planted the external wall is still incomplete which means we can still have a peek at progress next door. Not that we're at all competitive!


The mountain levels are being built up with crushed concrete and the inner walls to the pond are under way. The junction where the pond wall stone meets the curved steps is critical and becomes the key setting out point for the rest of the mountain stonework. We thought it best to check this a few times before continuing!


We planned a steady method of constructing the mountain with emphasis on retaining the step offset measurements and flash gap dimensions. If you stray even a few millimetres with something like this you can soon run into problems with compound errors so constant checking is the key. Our stone suction pad is a 'must have' piece of kit for something like this. Moving the stones in place with this hanging off the digger arm ensures concentration all round.



pietra-serena-steps chelsea

Im a huge fan of this clever angled jointing pattern Jinny designed into the top stone terrace.


Possibly one of our more challanging days laying the huge Pietra Serena inlay stones that make up the hearts and crown. Cold rewarding beers were consumed at the end of that day.


One of the last major construction tasks was erecting the pavilion. This is the telehandler at full reach with the D3 team doing a fine job.


Planting is well under way as Jinny and Scott complete the area around the hearts and crown.


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