After five years, 10,000 plants uprooted and replanted, 15,000 panes of glass replaced, 69,000 sections of metal, stone and timber repaired or replaced, enough scaffolding to stretch the length of the M25, and £41m spent, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world is ready to open its doors again.
The Temperate House in Kew Gardens is once again, as Sir David Attenborough describes it, ‘a breathtakingly beautiful space’
The glasshouse was closed for the works, with a tent structure large enough to cover three Boeing 747 planes enclosing the building in south-west London.
The vast project required 112 miles of scaffolding, 5,280 litres of paint and more than 400 people working on it, with the lengthy process of replanting starting in September.
The Temperate House is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world still standing.