Architect Pedder & Scampton has designed a new training building for national horticultural therapy charity Thrive in London’s Battersea Park.
Thrive is a national charity that is ‘working to help people living with a disability or mental ill health transform their lives through gardening’.
The building, now under construction, will replace a collection of portable buildings which have been used by the charity for some years and which are no longer fit for purpose.
It needed to be as sustainable as possible, says Pedder & Scampton, which carried out solar studies and an environmental analysis to determine its optimum position on the site. The design process also included consultation with the user group, therapists, management, trustees of the charity and the local authority.
The new building curves gently around the large London plane tree dominating the site. The garden around it will be planted by Thrive gardeners working to a plan created by award-winning garden designer Sarah Price.
Designed to be low maintenance, with robust finishes inside and out, the building is laid out so that the orangery can be used as a work room; big open doors allow gardeners to come and go all day without needing to worry about shutting doors or wiping boots.