The National Botanic Garden of Wales is located in the 560 acre park of the former 18th century Middleton Hall. At the heart of this development are a series of botanic gardens surrounding the Great Glass House designed by architects, Foster and Partners.
The Great Glass House is a 95 by 55 metre dome set into the landscape. The 3500 square metre Great Glasshouse houses 10,000 plants from 1,000 species. The Mediterranean climate within the Great Glasshouse in now home to plants from Western Australia, South Africa, California, Chile and the Mediterranean basin.
The domed roof is a continuous arched form with minimal structural interference which maximises the light transmission whilst minimising maintenance. The house is solid on the north face to counter the cold in winter with generous ventilation to avoid overheating in summer. In addition to our involvement in the Great Glasshouse, Climate Controls were engaged to undertake a turnkey project comprising of the design and construction of a nursery complex to support the botanic gardens.