The basic planning moves are surefooted. The existing garden wall and the axis of the Cascade and Ornamental garden are the basic formal clues to which the Visitors Centre and Pavilion respond.
A path runs behind the garden wall to a small piazza which is formed by the wings of the Visitors Centre. The client has put great stress on sustainability and both the Visitors Centre and Pavilion perform well. The double roll of the ETFE and PTFE roofs also lie gracefully across the garden when viewed over the Cascade and against the garden wall and woodland beyond.
This is a complex scheme but it has a clear design vision and is innovative in its use of materials.