GroundMate® ground protection mats are being used for a renovation project to help protect the buried remains of an ancient Roman Fort

Netherby Hall, a private residence situated very close to the England / Scotland border in Cumbria, has a long history dating back to when it was a Roman Fort called ‘Castra Exploratorium’.

Located close to Hadrian’s Wall, the fort was believed to have been built around AD122, but since then the site has been the subject of numerous developments right up to the present time.

The current owners have set about a process of considerable renovation, focusing on many of the external aspects of the buildings and grounds. One such project is the restoration of the Victorian stables which they hope to bring back to life to house carriages and horses.

The stables and yard area, currently being upgraded, sit directly on top of known Roman remains which have to be protected during the estimated two year development period.

Around 350m² of GroundMate ground protection mats have been installed and will remain in situ throughout the whole construction period to allow machinery to cross the area whilst providing sufficient protection to the buried structures. The GroundMate mats were purchased directly by the hall to provide cost-effective protection to the Roman remains. When the initial project is complete the aim is to re-use the mats in other areas around the Hall.

Ultimately, as well as being a home for the owners, parts of Netherby Hall will be opened to the public for special events.


More information on Netherby Hall

Case Study Info

Client: Netherby Hall
Location: Cumbria
Product: GroundMate® ground protection boards
Project: Stables & yard restoration project

Stables area of restoration projectClose up view of machinery on ground protection boards

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