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Herbarium and Library Archive

Work on this major development started in 2003 with inital costings providing the basis for the approval to proceed.
Planning issues delayed the project but following an OJEU tendering procedure a Contractor was appointed.
The departure of the Client's in-house project manager left a gap that was immediately and sucessfully filled by Fanshawe and this role continued until the hand over of the project.
Inovative ground source heat pumps, fed from open wells, provide the cooling, heating and humidity control for this award winning archive building.
Founded in 1853, the Herbarium is the world's leading centre for the study of plant diversity. The new Herbarium building provides long awaited additional archive space for Kew's priceless collection of dried plant specimens, botanic books and illustrations.
The concept for the building is generated by juxtaposing the vault-like, climate-controlled archive (that keeps the specimens at a constant 15°C) with airy, day-lit research spaces. These glass and timber research areas undulate around the 3 storey, brick-clad archive enabling scientists to work in close proximity to the collection.
The new wing is linked to the existing herbarium by a timber and glass drum. This houses a circular reading room and ground floor reception that opens onto a newly created south facing courtyard.
The building achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating.



Client: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Project Team: Edward Cullinan Architects (Architect)
Buro Happold (Structural Engineers)
Atelier 10 (Building Services Engineers)
Willmott Dixon (Main Contractor)
Project Category(s): Special Projects, Public Buildings, Fit Out, Education
Services Offered: Project Monitoring, Building Services / Cost Management, Quantity Surveying, Project Management
Completion: October 2009

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