Horniman Museum Gardens reopen following a major £2.3m redevelopment
Masterminded by landscape architects Land Use Consultants, the project has taken 16 months to complete. The work has been possible thanks to £907,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, through the Parks for People scheme.
One significant new feature is a Gardens Pavilion designed by Walters and Cohen, which will host school groups, conferences and public performances. The modern timber structure features floor to ceiling windows, a living roof and a spectacular outdoor terrace boasting views of the London skyline. Heated by a ground source pump, the Pavillion will help the Horniman to reduce its carbon footprint and utility costs.
Janet Vitmayer CBE, director of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, said: “In 1901 Frederick Horniman formally gave the Museum and Gardens to ‘the people in perpetuity’ for their ‘recreation, instruction and enjoyment’. The Gardens were to be a complement to the Museum and Frederick Horniman requested that the whole gift should be treated as a unity.
“With this new project we have truly honoured Horniman’s vision and wishes, offering our public even more ways to explore and enjoy themselves.”