ISG’s Kew Gardens restoration lands feature in trade publication

19 July 2017

New Civil Engineer (NCE) has published a full-length feature on ISG's restoration of the Temperate House at Kew Gardens.

The article, titled Structures - Refurb at Kew Gardens’, features comments from ISG project director, Shane Mason, who speaks about challenges faced during construction and the restrictions that came with working on the Grade I-listed building.

The world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse is made up of three sections: north, south and central glasshouses. It is 191 metres in length and up to 18 metres tall.

  ISGs Kew Gardens restoration  

Kew Gardens Restoration - ISG

The aim of the £34m restoration is to preserve the structure, which was at one point on the Buildings at Risk Register, with ISG systematically logging and then carefully removing and refurbishing around 70,000 individual components – all of which are now being reinstated in the building.

Shane said every piece of the building had to be tagged during its time off-site.

“We’ve had a database which has maintained a register of where every single piece of the building is at any one time,” he said.

ISG is on track to complete the project in December 2017 with Temperate House looking to reopen to the public in May 2018.

Follow the link to read the full article, 'Structures - Refurb at Kew Gardens' which can be found on the Tech Excellence page at Please note the article may only be available for registered users.