13 July 2018
ISG’s stunning restoration of Temperate House project at Kew Gardens received a royal visit, with HRH The Prince of Wales the guest of honour as the glasshouse reopened after a five-year hiatus.
Temperate House, a Grade-I listed building, re-opened in May following ISG’s historic £41 million restoration.
The largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world, Temperate House is home to an internationally important collection of plants, including some of the rarest in the world.
Prince Charles, who was made Patron for the Gardens in 2016, is known for his interest in gardening, and took the time to speak to the gardeners and staff.
In a specially recorded message, The Prince of Wales remarked how “proud and delighted” he is to be Patron for the institution, commenting that, “Kew has developed an international reputation as one of the world’s greatest botanic gardens”.
ISG project manager, John Hatton, attended the event to meet The Prince and discuss ISG’s role in the refurbishment of the glasshouse.
“It was great to be asked to be a part of the day – to meet Prince Charles in a one-on-one situation and discuss the restoration of the glasshouse was a really proud moment for me,” he said.
John continued: “He was really interested in the architecture of the building and how ISG approached the restoration.
“He even cracked a few jokes whilst on his walk around the grounds.”
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