Trophy Gate Piers

Trophy Gate Piers

The Tiltyard tea rooms


Conservation project profile

During the music festival in 2007, the south pier of Trophy Gate suffered an impact from a large lorry. This project profile describes how we repaired the damage and conserved the brickwork.

Why this project?

The Trophy Gate piers were built c1700.

The plinths, pier-cap stonework and volutes over the gate jambs are of Portland Stone. The pier shafts are of red/brown brickwork in English bond with red rubber brick quoins.

The beasts that surmount the piers are cast in lead and are fixed to the stone plinths with stainless steel dowels.

What was the problem?

The south pier to the vehicular gate was struck by an articulated lorry during the music festival.

The top corner of the lorry’s tractor unit caught the NW corner of the pier cap stone causing the pier to rotate.

The impact had rotated the pier caps and the beast’s plinth stone; it had also created a rough shear to the brickwork pier on the NE corner adjacent to the volutes over the gate jambs.

Who was involved?

Project Manager: Rob Umney, Historic Royal Palaces
Engineers: Hockley & Dawson Consultants
Quantity Surveyors: Heritage Cost Consultants Ltd.
Contractor: Simpson Brickwork Conservation Ltd.
Metal Conservator: Hall Conservation Ltd.

Further information

For more detailed information on this project, including images, please download the Adobe PDF below.


Downloadable Resources

Some files are provided in PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.

  1. Click here to download Acrobat Reader
  2. Alternatively, Adobe offers a service for converting PDFs into HTML or plain text. Access this service here


    Trophy Gate Piers - Project profile
    (Adobe PDF, 300KB)

You may also be interested in...