The design, by landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith and Manchester architects Hodder and Partners, will include the development of a new Welcome Building, demonstration and teaching allotments, a shop and café, an events and learning space, a new glasshouse and school of horticulture, and the sensitive restoration of the historic Walled Garden and its existing accompanying buildings.
The plans were submitted by planning and design consultancy Barton Wilmore. If planning permission is granted, work could start on site by Spring 2017 with the aim of opening the 4ha Walled Garden to the public in June 2019.
The 63 hectare garden will be the RHS’s fifth – joining Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex, and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire – and is a joint venture between the RHS, Peel Land and Property and Salford City Council, which agreed to fund it to the tune of £19 million in December 2015.
It will be created on the site of a former historic garden at Worsley New Hall. Marcus Chilton-Jones will be the curator.
The RHS expects to see visitor numbers reach between 600,000-700,000 by 2029 with an estimated 140 direct and 180 indirect jobs created.