Our team worked with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to establish its fifth garden – a 150+ acre site on the outskirts of Salford on designated Green Belt land.
The new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, is part of a 10-year £160 million investment programme and will bring back to life the site of the former Worsley New Hall, a locally listed heritage asset. The revival of a site of this scale represents one of the largest contemporary gardening projects in Europe and one that will result in the creation of a world class horticultural visitor attraction and vibrant community resource for local people.
The extensive plans, will include the development of a new Welcome Building, demonstration and teaching allotments, a shop and café, an events and learning space, a new glasshouse and school of horticulture, and the sensitive restoration of the historic Walled Garden and its existing accompanying buildings.
- 150 acre Green Belt
- World class visitor centre
- One of the largest gardening projects in Europe
The success of the project has been made possible through a collaboration between the RHS, Peel Land and Property and Salford City Council.
In total the facility is expected to see visitor numbers reach between 600-700,000 by 2029 and as well as the creation of 140 direct and 180 indirect jobs.
Salford City Council’s resolution meant that the planning application was = referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who confirmed that the project was not to be called-in and was content that the decision can be made locally. After receiving the full planning permission, the Garden will be developed in phases over a 5-10 year period.
In June 2017, the project won a Manchester Architects Award, in the community category, reflecting its high quality design.
This project was designed by landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith and Manchester architects Hodder and Partners.