The structure added to Historic England's List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
Jellicoe created a site layout where his use of water was an art form in the modernist tradition of the post-war period. He advanced his theories on perspective and illusion which are seen in a unique water canal or moat that contains ten pools, nine cascades and four viewing platforms. There were major challenges to create this feature, principally a nearly flat/level site which he successfully addressed with some very clever detailing.
There were other features, although not as dramatic; there were social features for the employees and shelter belts as it sits very close to the Irish Sea. These features form an important context, however they have not been included in the listing.
Jellicoe went on to advance his theories contained in The Cadbury Factory in the roof water garden at Harvey’s Department Store in London (1956-7) and the water gardens at Hemel Hempstead (1957-9).
Although having received this recognition from Historic England, the water feature is in a very poor condition. Hopefully, this recognition will provide the motivation to restore this unique and important landscape feature.
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