Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, RHS Garden Wisley

Surrey, UK

WilkinsonEyre’s proposed new Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning for the Royal Horticultural Society at RHS Garden Wisley will include laboratories, a herbarium, a science and public library, educational spaces, offices, a café and a multi-purpose event space. It will be complemented by new landscaping, including specialist science and educational gardens.

The project will deliver a major upgrade and step change to RHS Science that will support the delivery of the new Science Strategy, enabling high quality new scientific research and sharing of best practice through public engagement in Horticultural Sciences. Currently the RHS’ internationally relevant scientific collections are hidden treasures, under-utilised by members, research scientists and the wider public. 

The new facility will provide the environmental conditions essential to keep these national reference collections secure, and ensure they remain available for the purposes of study.

The Centre design takes a Y-shaped form which will be divided into two functional wings, an Activity and Education wing, and a Science and Knowledge wing, each two storeys in height. At the centre, an internal naturally lit, central public engagement space will link the functions of both wings, and form the heart of the building.