This year the organisation will start work on an exciting development of the estate, designed by award winning architects and horticulturalists.
In 2018 work will start on the garden and garden buildings, the first phases of a capital development plan which will enhance the ways in which visitors can experience the site. The lead architects for the project, Caruso St John, celebrated in 2016 through their win if the RIAS’s Stirling Award for the best building in the UK, have much experience of working on arts and heritage projects and bring their sparing aesthetic and sensitivity to the plans for Hospitalfield. This year the practice will also be curating the UK’s contribution to the Venice Biennale of Architecture.
‘’We are delighted to be doing our first project in Scotland. The rich red sandstone of Hospitalfield, and the deep green of its gardens, are a picture that I hope many more people will see and enjoy when these works are finished. Having visited many times, I realise that our work is about bringing back to life many beautiful things that already exist at Hospitalfield and recovering them for the present and the future’’. Peter St John of Caruso St John Architects
Esteemed garden designer Nigel Dunnett has created a new scheme for the Walled Gardens which will reflect on the 800 years of garden history at Hospitalfield.
‘’My aim for the design at Hospitalfield is to create a framework for exploration and discovery of the diverse histories and productive and symbolic uses of plants over the 800 years of the gardens’ existence, from their Medieval monastic origins through to the heights of Victorian exotica. It’s been a thoroughly absorbing and exciting experience to be able to work so closely with Hospitalfield staff and volunteers to unlock their incredible potential of this historic site’’. Nigel Dunnett Garden Designer & Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture, University of Sheffield
The project has been supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Historic and Environment Scotland, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the wider capital development is project within the Tay Cities Deal.
‘’ After so much planning and focus on fundraising we are now ready to hit the ground running with this first stage of the capital project in early 2018 – this is very exciting for us all including the very loyal volunteers The Hospitalfield Garden Club. I very much look forward to working with thedesigners over the coming months and we aim to be on site by the end of the summer’’. Lucy Byatt Director Hospitalfield