Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens
This Grade I listed building, the largest surviving Victorian glass structure in the world, was designed by Decimus Burton and first opened to the public in 1862. The building is in the form of a group of five connected glass pavilions in rectangular and octagonal plan form.
Since a major restoration thirty years ago, the glasshouse has sadly deteriorated: Donald Insall Associates undertook a detailed Conservation Management Plan which has informed the brief for the current major repair and enhancement programme of works, generously supported by HLF funding.
As well as the new major restoration works to the iron structure, glazing system and joinery, the planned works will also greatly improve and augment visitor facilities with new interactive interpretation, new activity space, improved accessibility, cloakroom facilities, and new biomass fuelled services throughout. This much needed work, spanning the next four years, will ensure the longevity of the building for future generations to continue to cultivate and gain knowledge from the important collection of plants within.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew