Let’s face it, so far this year 2020 has brought a few challenges (to put it mildly)…That’s why we thought that we would share some happy news from earlier this year that we haven’t had chance to celebrate about yet!

In March earlier this year, RHS Hyde Hall Hilltop Complex won the Eastern Region Civic Trust Award 2020 for its transformation into a popular leisure and educational hub.

turnerbates worked alongside RHS and ‘Gardener’s World’ landscape designer, Adam Frost, on the new dedicated educational facility, multipurpose event space and restaurant.

Like many of us are doing now in our homes, we brought the outside in with colour palette and materials, creating a relaxing space in which to learn and enjoy. In particular in the Clore Learning Centre, teachers have noted how relaxed primary school children appear, especially those on the autistic spectrum who enjoy the open space and visual connection with the garden.

We hope that the garden and its amazing facilities can open soon for more visitors to enjoy. For now, we will make do with their ‘Virtual Hyde Hall‘…

Designed as a family of buildings which enclose and open up to the landscape so that it can be enjoyed in all seasons, it is a fitting location for the RHS to fulfil its long-term objective to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. As well as supporting the RHS’s expanding education programme by accommodating twice the capacity, from 5,000 to an expected 10,000 visiting school pupils per year, the new buildings create a landmark to draw visitors through the landscape, and a vantage point from which to enjoy the views.

JudgesCivic Trust Awards

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