May News

Gold. We are delighted to have been awarded a RHS Gold Medal for the Brewin Dolphin garden at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Bowles & Wyer were thrilled to work with garden designer Darren Hawkes for the first time. It is always exciting to work with new and emerging talent. We worked with Matthew Childs last year and this time it's another young designer who has given us the challenge of building on the famous Chelsea Flower Show Rock Bank.

Watch the video below:

The Brewin Dolphin Garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2015 from Construct Films on Vimeo.

April News

Watch our feed from the Brewin Dolphin Garden that we are building at Chelsea, updated hourly:

Chelsea feed

March News

After a few sleepless nights and much planning Bowles & Wyer managed to procure and install quite possibly the largest 'threshold' stone to a private courtyard in Primrose Hill in North London. A black granite slab 3.7m long, 1.3m wide and 100mm thick weighing in at 1.6T was delivered in an upright position, unloaded, laid flat onto a bespoke platform and 'dragged' through the site by hand where scaffold was erected around it with a draw bar and winch. 2000kg capacity stone magnets were used and The team lifted it into position on the 4th time of trying - a first for a single piece of stone this size! March has been a very busy month for Bowles & Wyer Contracts as work progress on a number of sites in and around London and the 'warm up' for Chelsea 2015 is well under way!

February 2015

Some cheer has been brought to a wet and cold February with various contract wins including Phase 3 of works to improve the playground at Greenwich Park for The Royal Parks. This is a LUC designed scheme to improve an already popular playground. Tony Beach and his team start at the end of the month with a tight timescale to finish before the Start of Chelsea build up. Speaking of Chelsea 2015, Dan Riddleston and Jim Brasier visited Darren Hawkes in Cornwall to view the mock-up of the Brewin Dolphin Garden. There was much to discuss and view, including the detailed slate paving and the very large seating boulders coming from Bodmin Moor.

January 2015

The Brewin Dolphin Garden design by Darren Hawkes has been shown off to the press at the recent RHS Chelsea 2015 launch event. Managing director of Bowles & Wyer contracts Dan Riddleston said it was exciting to work with emerging talent. "We worked with Matthew Childs last year and this time it's another young designer who has given us the challenge of building on the famous Chelsea Flower Show Rock Bank. "Constructing a garden on the rock bank comes with a whole new set of problems, it's a much bigger excavation job than on the flats of Main Ave or Royal Hospital Way, the logistics are much greater as access is trickier and storage is extremely limited. That said Darren's design for sponsor Brewin Dolphin is perfectly suited to such a situation" Floating platforms and naturalistic planting lie above an underground stream which flows into a pool. More than 40,000 pieces of hand-cut slate will be used to form stepping stones over the stream. Woodland style planting comprises ferns, aquilegia, and bleeding heart. Elms are visible throughout the garden and seek to represent those that continue to thrive in Cornwall despite Dutch elm disease.

Dec 2014

As winter arrives and the festive period approaches, life at Bowles & Wyer is as busy as ever.
It is with great pleasure that we announce, once again we will be working with Mazzullo + Russell on two exciting projects in Chelsea, London. December starts with us returning to work for The Crown Estate in Windsor Great Park, this sees us commence work on the gate renewal, restoration and landscape works. Approaching New Year we are delighted to launch our new look website, updated and easier to navigate. We hope you enjoy browsing!
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Nov 2014

Bowles and Wyer Contracts are delighted to announce, that for the second year running, we will be building a Main Show Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for Brewin Dolphin. For 2015 Brewin Dolphin will be working with designer Darren Hawkes for whom this will be his second Chelsea appearance. This year's garden is filled with mature English Elms and familiar hedgerow plants evoking a shared memory of the British Countryside and a cultural heritage. This is coupled with the use of traditional materials and building methods, such as stone walls.

Oct 2014

Bowles & Wyer are over the moon to have won four awards for schemes at this year’s National BALI Awards. Projects in Wimbledon, Central London, Hampstead and Hertfordshire have found favour with the judges.

Sep 2014

Bowles & Wyer are delighted to have successfully completed the restoration of the landscape at Speakers Corner, one of London’s most famous landmarks. This is a truly UK based project with materials and suppliers from the UK. The site is on a triangle of land which lies between the site of the old Tyburn Gallows and the Reform Tree in London’s Hyde Park. For over a century men and women, some of whom were famous and include Karl Marx, William Morris, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell, Marcus Garvey and Lord Soper have spoken, protested or exhorted on a myriad of subjects.

Paths have been refurbished, new railings installed, bands of granite paving from Cornwall and 8 large elm trees have been planted on the site near one of Hyde Park's entrances to reduce noise from the nearby traffic. Grassy areas on the corner have also been extended and more plants have been introduced. View the BBC Website.

August 2014

The good people at Construct Films have produced a fantastic time lapsed film of how to build a Chelsea Garden in 2½ minutes. Easy really, I don’t know what all the stress was about. http://vimeo.com/95748793

May 2014

RHS Chelsea Gold medallist Thomas Hoblyn created a Hampshire garden for Gaze Burvill that we had the privilege to build. Luckily the garden was directly opposite our Brewin Dolphin Garden for Matthew Childs so resources were easily shared. We are very proud to be part of a 5 gold stars award winning trade stand. http://www.gazeburvill.com/oakcollections/gb_news_chelsea_2014.htm

May 2014

Bowles and Wyer Contracts are proud to be back at Chelsea for 2014. Brewin Dolphin announced that for the third consecutive year they will be sponsoring a Main Avenue Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. For 2014 Brewin Dolphin will be working with designer Matthew Childs for whom this will be his first Chelsea appearance, built by Bowles and Wyer Contracts


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