14 December 2018
ISG’s historic heritage project at Kew Gardens has ended a hugely successful year on a high with news that the restored Temperate House has been listed as one of Building magazine’s Projects of the Year.
Work on the Temperate House was completed earlier this year, with the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse reopening its doors to the public after a five-year long hiatus.
The restored structure, which sits at the heart of Kew Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site ranked alongside stellar global landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, reopened amid global fanfare in April, with legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough describing it as “a breathtakingly beautiful space”.
Since then the grade I-listed building has received rave reviews for its striking new look, making the shortlist in the Refurbishment Project of the Year category at this year’s Building Awards, and receiving a nomination for the coveted World Architecture Festival (WAF) Building of the Year award.
Building magazine’s project profile details the complexities of the Temperate House scheme, outlining the rarities of construction projects that combine heritage restoration with extraordinary technical ambition and logistical ingenuity.
The statistics tell the story of the effort and intricacies involved in restoring the space, with 10,000 plants uprooted and replanted, 15,000 panes of glass replaced, 69,000 sections of metal, stone and timber repaired or replaced, and enough scaffolding to stretch the length of the M25 used during the course of the restoration.
Read the Temperate House case study here.
Follow the link to read the full article, ‘Building's Projects of the Year 2018’, which can be found at building.co.uk. Please note the article may only be available for registered users.