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Savill Garden Visitor Centre

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

The Crown Estate required a pioneering new visitor centre to act as a gateway to the Savill Garden, a large ornamental garden within Windsor Great Park. The brief was for a building that would be a sustainability exemplar project. It chose Ridge to project manage this flagship scheme.

The Savil Garden Visitor Centre also had to blend beautifully into its surroundings while providing a substantial number of different facilities.  These included a 120-person café, 80-person restaurant, large gift shop with shop display areas, conference rooms, exhibition space, 100-person seminar facility, external terrace dining area, green house, external garden centre and plant sales area.

The design chosen is based on a leaf, with all the various facilities under a large single spanning roof. The roof comprises four layers of interlocking lath timber that form a doubly curved gridshell with three domes.  At 100m in length, it is the largest timber gridshell structure in the UK.

Ridge ensured that the visitor centre fulfilled the client’s requirement to lead by example in terms of sustainability through a number of special features. These include:

  • The timber gridshell roof and rain-screen cladding arch are made from English oak from sustainable sources on the Crown Estate’s land.
  • Passive natural ventilation is achieved through high-level extracts in the roof with minimal comfort cooling required only in the seminar room.
  • Zonal underfloor heating is provided via piped hot water.
  • Environmentally-friendly underground structures with a low-maintenance juniper ‘green roof’ have been used for the kitchen, cloakrooms, offices and stores.
Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

Savill Garden Visitor Centre - Projects - Ridge & Partners - LLP

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