Victorian greenhouse revival – more than a see-through event
British enthusiasts are driving a revival of interest in Victorian greenhouse design and architecture according to the UK’s leading bespoke producer.
The family run Griffin Glasshouses of Ropley near Winchester in Hampshire has identified a clear trend over the past five years and now, the majority of their made-to-measure designs reflect the specialist features that were common in structures created in the Victorian era.
“We are talking about highly decorative spandrels, steep pitches to roofs, narrow glass panes and highly decorative finials at the ends of the ridge,” says Griffin Glasshouses’ Managing Director, Linda Lane.
“A high proportion of our work is either replacing older structures or adding on to existing ones. In all cases the designs are totally bespoke to the task in hand.”
Although harking back to bygone days, these Griffin greenhouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium at the Ropley factory. All bolts and fixings are completely hidden and the frames are powder coated to any colour the customer chooses.
To ensure authenticity in the design features, the firm’s Technical Director, Paul Smith, visited original Victorian greenhouses at various stately homes throughout the UK.
“Although produced from aluminium they do have a traditional wood-look. They can be finished in a complete palette of colours but the majority are either Pebble Grey or Mineral Green, although we have had orders for black and even turquoise,” adds Linda.