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Barton Willmore International have been successfully appointed as designers for these extensive Botanical Gardens, commissioned by the City of Riyadh as a gift to the new king, for a site to the South West of Riyadh.

The commission is set within the arid desert of the Saudi Central Region, but the brief sought to create botanical gardens to rival those at Kew and Singapore. The team, led by Nick Sweet, Partner at Barton Willmore and Buro Happold in joint venture, with Emergy, NHM and Eden as advisors , also saw this extraordinary scheme as an opportunity to educate, entice, excite and entertain, and whilst doing so, pass on a message about who we are,where we have come from and where choices available to us, may take us in the future.

The team, with assistance from the Natural History Museum and Eden Project, researched and constructed a detailed time line that seeks to explain the process of change that our precious planet continues to move through, exploring, demonstrating and portraying the great paleobotanical ages that have swept across this land.

The King Abdullah International Gardens have been designed to become a world-leading focus of mankind’s understanding of the process, consequence and study of climate change, capturing and displaying extraordinary ecotopes from history and from the present day, and presenting the choices that are available to us.