The gardens of Palácio dos Biscainhos, classified as a Property of Public Interest since 1949, are to be restored by Signinum. The restoration work, which will begin next month, will cover the formal garden, the garden pavilion, the temple, among other architectural elements. Intervention and restoration work is planned in the areas of stone materials, tiles, metals and plasters.
"It's part of Signinum's DNA to promote the enhancement of iconic spaces in city centres and all that is important heritage in Portugal. We've always wanted to be an agent for the valorisation of our heritage and, in the case of Biscainhos, we're dealing with a building that is an icon of the city of Braga, so it's a privilege to be able to contribute to the preservation of that same building," says Signinum's CEO, Luís Aguiar.
Specifically, the intervention will take place in three phases, in order to the space remains open to the public. "We have to take extra care because of its intrinsic value," says work coordinator, Ricardo Teixeira, giving the example of the Virginia Tulip Tree, an almost 300-year-old tree classified by the National Forestry Authority.
The Portuguese Association of Historic Gardens has also distinguished Jardim dos Biscainhos with the Historic Garden Quality Seal, making it part of the Baixo Minho Historic Gardens Route.
"We're going to restore dignity to that garden and make it easier for visitors to access," says Ricardo Teixeira. Among the major interventions are the construction of reservoirs to harness rainwater for irrigation and the restoration of a set of 12 fountains and ponds, which run through the entire area of the Garden up to the fence of the Biscainhos museum.
The work is expected to be completed within a year.