Designs for one of the biggest display glasshouses in the world are nearing completion at the Sheffield offices of Weddle Landscape Design.
The Kenwood Bank firm is working with one of China’s largest architectural practices on a prestigious contract to create the Plant Pavilion for the International Horticultural Exhibition, which takes places in the city of Qingdao, around 500 miles South East of Beijing, in 2014.
Mike Browell, principal at Weddle, which designed the Winter Garden in Sheffield, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a world class glasshouse display.
“Some visitors to the Expo will be expert horticulturalists with a good understanding about worldwide plants and many others will just be thrilled to see strange plants from Australia and South Africa alongside those from Chile and California. There will be something to excite everyone.”
The Qingdao pavilion will be five times bigger than the Winter Garden and is expected to be visited by around 10 million people during the Expo.
The pavilion will be the first low energy glasshouse in China, with 3,000 varieties of plants ranging from bamboo to cactus, palms and tree ferns growing in a naturally ventilated environment that can cope with temperatures that can fluctuate between six and 30°C.
Weddle has been working in China for the past four years.
Recent projects included master planning for a new city, riverside parks, organic and ecological farms and an international airport.
The firm is currently working on several large scale residential developments which will create more than 10,000 new apartments.
“There are more than one million new millionaires in China and they can afford the best in the world. An elegant European garden is what many of them aspire to,” Mr Browell added.