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View: Grid List
Date
2014
Region
UK
Sector
Culture & Leisure Schools
Budget
£1m - £5m
Client
Royal Horticultural Society
Location
Chelmsford, Essex
Size
330sqm
Contact
Carol Costello
Team
Jackson Coles LLP, Smith & Wallwork, Couch Perry Wilkes, Mach Acoustics, Boyer Planning

The Hyde Hall Learning Centre will help to inspire and engage children with the natural world and science of the garden.

Hyde Hall Learning Centre

The Learning Centre on a hilltop in the Royal Horticultural Society's Hyde Hall garden will address their long term objective to be the world's leading gardening charity by inspiring passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture and to offer the best visitor experience.

The Learning Centre will be composed of two flexible classrooms, with a demonstration kitchen in each and an exemplar teaching garden. 

The rooms will be suitable for a range of groups and ages, including multiple school classes, adult learning courses and public lectures.

The design is organised around a well-proportioned courtyard to help align the new Learning Centre with the existing buildings on the site. An exciting roof-form will respond to the climate and support sustainability by providing protection, collecting rainwater, supporting solar panels, controlling daylight and fresh air. 

The Learning Centre with help children to develop their understanding and experience of growing vegetables and fruit - and cooking them - and generally create an environment for learning.

The Centre will significantly improve the visitor experience for adults and enable the RHS to share and build expert knowledge by raising the levels of standards, accessibility and interpretation.