Kew Gardens nears completion on restoration of world's largest Victorian glasshouse | Leisure Opportunities
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Bristol Zoological Society
Competitive
Bristol, United Kingdom
Premier Education Group
Up to £30,000 dependent on experience
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Lex Leisure
£17,000 - £18,000
Erith, United Kingdom
Parkwood Leisure
Competitive
Bristol, United Kingdom
truGym
Competitive
Nationwide, United Kingdom

Kew Gardens nears completion on restoration of world's largest Victorian glasshouse

Job opportunities
Bristol Zoological Society
Competitive
location: Bristol, United Kingdom
Vibrant Partnerships
Competitive Hourly Rate
location: Olympic Park, London
Woburn Safari Park
Competitive
location: Woburn, United Kingdom
more jobs

Kew Gardens has announced an opening date for its historic Temperate House, which has been closed while undergoing a five-year renovation.

The southwest London attraction said the Victorian glasshouse – the largest in the world – will reopen to the public on 5 May 2018, complete with 10,000 rare and exotic plants.

The long and painstaking restoration, designed by Donald Insall Associates and costing £41m (€46m, US$54m), is the biggest such project in Kew Gardens’ history, with the framework of the building, its intricate ironwork and ground paving carefully repaired and thousands of panes of glass replaced.

The Temperate House, which was designed by architect Decimus Burton and built in 1863, will be used for horticultural education and to showcase rare and sometimes near-extinct plant specimens. About 500 plants were housed in the glasshouse, which were removed and propagated by Kews’ gardeners throughout the restoration period. There are now 10,000 plants from all over the world being rehoused in the newly upgraded building, including Dombeya mauritiana, which was considered practically extinct until Kew horticulturalist Carlos Magdalena found one growing wild in Mauritius.

“A few weeks ago, I watched as some of the world's rarest plants were moved, with the utmost care, into the Temperate House. It was a seminal moment, kicking off the countdown to May's re-opening of what has to be Kew's most incredible building,” said director of horticulture Richard Barley.

"The Temperate House will be for everyone. From young to old, for budding gardeners or aspiring artists, for those making a pilgrimage from great distances, and for our local community, we hope every visitor will see plants in a new light."

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded around £15m (US$19.6m, €16.8m) to the project, with £10m (US$13m, €11.2m) from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and £8m from private donations.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Kew Gardens has announced an opening date for its historic Temperate House, which has been closed while undergoing a five-year renovation.
CLD,VAT,HAM,ARC,DES
The Temperate House interior - before the plants go back in
 / © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew

More News

20 Nov 2017
The University of Warwick is building a £49m (US$64.6m, €54.9m) sports and wellness hub in a bid to become the “most physically active higher education ... Read more
20 Nov 2017
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has launched its 'Get Your Dream Job' campaign, designed to “elevate and celebrate careers in the spa industry”. The campaign ... Read more
17 Nov 2017
IAAPA has announced its winners for this year’s Brass Ring Awards, recognising a number of companies at the annual IAAPA expo for their achievements in ... Read more
17 Nov 2017
Museums across Sheffield will help dementia sufferers to access cultural and social experiences through a series of special sessions planned for next year. The project ... Read more
17 Nov 2017
Hidden below the streets of Bath, a quirky new spa has opened which celebrates the ancient city's heritage. Spa 15 – located in the No. ... Read more
17 Nov 2017
The demand for outsourced leisure management services will continue to grow, according to operator Everyone Active, which has reported rising turnover and profit in its ... Read more
Focus Training
Focus Training
17 Nov 2017
A string of product houses have signed a partnership deal with spa and wellness training specialist The Training Room. Decléor, Sweet Squared/CND Shellac, Spa Find ... Read more
16 Nov 2017
Frontgrid has announced the launch of two new products based on its world-first Paradrop VR attraction at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. Paradrop ... Read more
16 Nov 2017
High-performance media specialist 7thSense Design has announced that it will open a new office based in Orlando, Florida, in addition to its current offices in ... Read more
16 Nov 2017
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is predicted to be the leading exercise trend next year, taking top spot from wearable technology, according to the latest survey ... Read more
16 Nov 2017
Plans for a £37m (US$48.8m, €41.5m) leisure centre including a 200-station gym have been given the green light by councillors at Winchester City Council in ... Read more
16 Nov 2017
Seven new trustees have been appointed to the board of the Women’s Sport Trust (WST) as it increases efforts to secure more coverage and funding ... Read more
Active IQ
Active IQ
15 Nov 2017
Timbalaya, the British-based story-led adventure play IP, has announced its first project will be in Kuwait. The natural play attraction specialist has partnered with Touristic ... Read more
15 Nov 2017
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has announced the winners of the THEA Awards during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. The awards, which recognise ... Read more
15 Nov 2017
Commuters could soon get their exercise fix on the train to work, thanks to a new double-decker carriage design that includes onboard spin bikes. German ... Read more
MoveGB
MoveGB
1 - 15 of 36,977
employer of choice
John Treharne, CEO, The Gym Group
Would you like to work for a gym operator that allows you to develop and use your skills to the full whilst being well rewarded? The Gym is totally committed to allowing 'the manager to manage' and rewarding our key personnel for delivery.