We love to work with institutions such as the National Trust. We were very excited when Historic Royal Palaces approached us to build a Gardener’s Hut. Hampton Court, the home of Henry VIII, is a significant landmark and such a wonderful place for us to have a shepherd’s hut. It needed to be a mobile display of gardening tools and bygones, and also be somewhere for the gardeners to be able to communicate what was going on to visitors.
Working closely with the Deputy Interpretation Manager and their exhibition designers in Edinburgh, we developed a shepherd’s hut design to fit the strict brief. Narrow enough to pass through a specific gate, it was fitted with a wide range of drawers and cupboards made from reclaimed timber to display items and tools. The floor, unusually, is herringbone in solid oak, and we were sent several interpretation boards to fit on the walls. Our signwriter carefully painted text on the inside and outside.
Definitely a Plankbridge proud moment, the shepherd’s hut is seen and used by thousands every year. ‘The hut is still looking fabulous and visitors love it!’