The Welcome Building RHS Garden Bridgewater. Worsley Building, Manchester, North West English Architecture

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater Manchester

24 May 2022

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater is 2022 RIBA North West Building of the Year

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater
photo © Peter Cook

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater – 2022 RIBA North West Awards Winner

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater by Hodder + Partners has been announced as the 2022 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West Building of the Year.

The Welcome Building at RHS Garden Bridgewater is a sustainable, engaging, and considered ‘public pavilion’ which has been designed and delivered to house all amenities for visitors to RHS Garden Bridgewater. From an invited competition, the local community has been consulted in creating a much-loved local asset where visitor numbers have far surpassed expectations through a combination of tourism and community visits.

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1 May 2022

Address: Occupation Rd, Worsley, Manchester M28 2LJ

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater, Salford, North West England, UK

6 projects have been awarded RIBA North West Awards.

Design: Hodder and Partners

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater
photo © Peter Cook

The Welcome Building at RHS Garden Bridgewater

Jury Report

A sustainable, engaging and considered ‘public pavilion’ has been designed and delivered in order to house all amenities for visitors to RHS Garden Bridgewater. From an invited competition, the local community have been consulted in creating a much-loved local asset where visitor numbers have far surpassed expectations through a combination of tourism and community visits.

The Welcome Building embraces environmental considerations with ground source heat pumps providing 80% of requirements. Rainwater harvesting, natural cross ventilation and green roofs are also major contributors to the life cycle strategy. The design is highly sustainable and appropriate to context.

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater
photo © Peter Cook

The main building is conceived as a rhythm of tree structures supporting an overarching timber diagrid and accommodates visitor reception, seasonal sales floor, café and garden centre with ‘pods’ providing office, wc’s and kitchen areas. The flexibility of the design allows pods to be dismantled without disturbing the main shell. The main body of the building can also be extended in the future as groundworks have been constructed in order to extend the frame.

Clad in treated larch but with large areas of glazing/a central roof light, the resultant building creates an uplifting space as visitors arrive and leave the gardens. The extension of the canopy beyond the thermal line at each end blurs interior and exterior and either frames views to the gardens or extends the nursery sales area. The treatment of elevations along the length of the structure establishes outdoor areas for dining or private areas for educational rooms.

Although a large uplifting volume, the horizontal nature of the building is read as a dramatic yet sensitive installation in the landscape from various ‘moments’ within the gardens. This project re-purposes the 156 acre Worsley New Hall Estate through collaboration of RHS, Salford City Council and Peel Land & Property. With landscape renewal and sustainability at its heart, the project embodies post-pandemic offerings for social engagement and wellbeing through an intelligently delivered solution to amenity.

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater
photo © Peter Cook

RIBA region: North West
Architect practice: Hodder and Partners
Date of completion: Jul 2020
Date of occupation: Jul 2020
Client company name: The Royal Horticultural Society
Project city/town: Salford

Contract value: Confidential
Gross internal area: 2,374.00 m²
Net internal area: 2,158.00 m²
Cost per m²: Confidential
Contractor company name: BAM Construct UK

The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater
photo © Peter Cook

Consultants

Structural Engineers: RoC Consulting
Environmental / M&E Engineers: Hoare Lea
Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant: Arcadis
Project Management: Arcadis
Landscape Architects: Tom Stuart-Smith

Awards

• RIBA Regional Award
• Regional/RSAW Sustainability award
• Regional Award Short List

Hodder + Partners

2022 RIBA North West Awards Winners

2022 RIBA North West Awards Winners

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Phone: 0161 503 6100

Location: Occupation Rd, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2LJ, Northwest England, UK

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