Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

ClientRoyal Botanical Gardens Kew


Project TypeLeisure

Ryder is appointed, as part of a multi disciplinary team, to undertake a five year programme of works at Royal Botanical Gardens and Wakehurst.

The project forms part of the Kew Capital Development Programme which will conserve and enhance facilities at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

The programme, funded by DEFRA, includes new buildings, major refurbishments, including historic conservation, and technical support in relation to BIM and site wide infrastructure.

This includes the iconic Grade I listed Palm House and Princess of Wales Conservatory, replacement of the Arboretum Nursery and repurposing of the Herbarium Complex which currently houses archive collections.

Ruth (French) has been a key member of the team at Kew, not only as part of the design team on specific projects within our programme, but also as an integral part of our ‘core’ consultancy team.

“Having been involved since the early days of the formulation of the ‘Kew Capital Development Programme (KCDP),’ Ruth has continued to offer architectural insight into the programme as a whole and the impacts of works across our estate; be these potential negative impacts of works, or the positive outcomes we anticipate upon completion.

“Initially representing the programme as the architectural lead for the KCDP, she has not only helped in the realisation of many projects but in the conceptualisation at early stages, articulating the organisations aspirations for growth and development into projects which look to fulfil these desires.  Working well with an array of senior stakeholders to translate ideas into practical solutions, Ruth has been, and continues to be an asset to our team.”

Tom Billington, Head of Projects, Estates and Capital Development, RBG Kew