The light-filled Welcome Building provides an uplifting entrance to RHS Garden Bridgewater and won the North West RIBA Sustainability Award
North West RIBA Regional Award 2022
Hodder & Partners for the Royal Horticultural Society
Contract value: Confidential
With a forest of tree-like columns supporting a timber diagrid roof, the light-filled Welcome Building makes an uplifting entrance to RHS Garden Bridgewater, newly open on the 156-acre Worsley New Hall Estate. The long, low larch-clad pavilion has a dramatic yet sensitive presence in the landscape. It accommodates ticketing, retail, a café and a garden centre that can shrink and expand in response to seasonal demand, as well as office ‘pods’ that can be dismantled without disturbing the main structure. Foundations prepared for a future extension give additional flexibility. Sustainability was a central concern, addressed by natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, a green roof and ground-source heat pumps. Canopies and the oversailing roof shelter outdoor spaces and blur the boundary between the building and the gardens.