BAM to construct building and lake at RHS Garden Bridgewater, UK
November 15, 2018 – BAM Construction’s North West team has been appointed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to design and construct a Welcome Building and lake at RHS Garden Bridgewater on the site of the former Worsley New Hall, UK.
The multi-million-pound project involves the construction of a new Welcome Building comprising an arrivals hall, learning facilities, café, plant centre and gift shop, associated hard and soft landscaping and a new 4,750m² lake.
The project is part of the RHS plan to create a 62-hectare garden in Worsley, Salford, which is currently the largest gardening project in Europe and the Society’s first new garden in 17 years.
It is expected to attract 700,000 visitors per year by its 10th year of opening.
BAM North West director Ian Fleming said: “The Welcome Building has high quality finishes throughout from the exposed concrete columns, concrete floor finish and glulam timber roof structure to the elevations of curtain walling and larch cladding.
“We are now ensuring the design is ready for procurement and construction activity. Construction work is expected to start in January.
“I’m delighted the RHS has trusted us with this special scheme. One of BAM’s great credentials is an adaptable and genuinely collaborative approach. We are good at getting inside a scheme and a client’s mind set, and we are looking forward to a very productive partnership as RHS Garden Bridgewater starts to become a reality.”
Architect Hodder & Partners has been appointed to design the development, which will now be novated to the construction partnership. RHS secured planning permission in June 2017 and expects opening in 2020.
Arcadis is providing cost consultancy and project management services. The civil and structural services are being provided by ROC and the building services engineering by Hoare Lea.
The Masterplan for RHS Garden Bridgewater, created by landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, includes the restoration of the 11-acre Walled Garden and a new perennial meadow entrance garden laid out like a web and incorporating the new lake.
It will be connected to the original, historic lake by a water garden of interlocking streams and cascades.