Temperate House and Restaurant, Royal Leamington Spa, UK

Architecture PLB
Date Built
Jephson Gardens
This building in Leamington's Jephson Gardens is part of a project to regenerate the park with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It occupies a site beside the River Leam close to the Mill Bridge entrance to the park.  At the river end is a 120 seat restaurant.  At the other end is a two-storey exhibition area and between the two is an attractive glass house that is home to a collection of temperate plants.  The architects point out that, "... Whilst responding to the ambitions of the brief, the design also responds practically to the demanding constraints given by the Environment Agency in the aftermath of the 1998 floods, by being raised above the new accepted flood plain. The new building will undoubtedly prove a worthy addition to the Grade II listed Victorian Gardens and to Leamington Spa as a whole."