Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

In 2003, the remarkable Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey, Hampshire, celebrated its Golden Jubilee and opened a magnificent, £3.5 million Visitor and Education Pavilion dedicated to the memory of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Over the last fifty years, the Gardens have become established as one of the world's truly great plant collections. Whilst many botanical collections have stood still over the years, this one continues to expand and flourish to the delight of its growing number of visitors and to the benefit of plant conservation.

The stylish pavilion, financed by private donations & Hampshire County Council, provides first class catering, retail, education & visitor services. designed by HCC Architects, the contemporary single storey construction is built around a spacious courtyard and offers fine views of the collection and surrounding countryside. It features a restaurant with open-air terrace and purpose built facilities for education programmes, events, lectures & workshops.

Signbox worked closely with Hampshire County Council architects, advising the use of suitable materials for internal display panels, fire escape, wayfinding and entrance signs.

The Stealth monolith system was specified for the external wayfinding and empathises with the landscaped environment, whilst providing clear directional information. Wall mounted aluminium panels incorporating tactile and Braille text, comply with DDA requirements.

"Signbox is exceptionally good at what it does. The company is extremely efficient, helpful and very flexible - they always bend over backwards to make each project a real success"

Georgina Hall
Hampshire County Council
Architects Department