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IMAGES | More details on Welcome Building at RHS Garden Bridgewater

Following the submission of a planning application by the Royal Horticultural Society for a 150-acre garden in Salford, architect Hodder + Partners has released further artist’s impressions of its designs for a statement Welcome Building.

The hybrid application was submitted to Salford City Council last week, outlining plans to bring back to life the former Worsley New Hall, owned by Peel Land & Property.

The new garden, to be known as RHS Garden Bridgewater, is part of the RHS 10-year £160m investment programme. The revival of the site would represent one of the largest contemporary gardening projects in Europe.

Barton Willmore is the planner, and Tom Stuart-Smith is the landscape architect.

Alongside the development of the Welcome Building, facilities will include demonstration and teaching allotments, a shop and café, an events and learning space, a new glasshouse and school of horticulture, and the restoration of the historic Walled Garden and its accompanying buildings.

If planning permission is granted, work could start on site by spring 2017.

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Not exactly Kew Gardens, is it? Box architecture again.

By Tony Heyes

It’s a lovely box, and compares well with the equivalent building at Kew.

By Gene Walker

Looks very bleak – needs much more landscaping.

By Jen Hammond

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