Inflate Great Conservatory

We are thrilled to have been chosen to create one of our biggest, most complex structures ever for the Royal Horticultural Society’s inaugural Chatsworth Flower Show. Situated in the beautiful hills of the Peak District National Park, the structure was an interpretation of Joseph Paxton’s Great Conservatory. This 40m diameter segmented, octagonal dome forms the Floral Marquee centrepiece to the Cavendish and Devonshire Floral Marquees. Inside is a breathtaking exhibition space bursting with lush tropical planting and illuminated by a hydroponic-encased glitter ball.

The re-creation of Joseph Paxton’s Great Conservatory faces the beautiful façade of the main house across the River Derwent, and dominates the showground with its pristine white, rounded walls.

Within is an airy, well-lit space rising to 20m (67ft) in the centre, giving a vivid idea of the massive scale of the original structure, designed and built by Joseph Paxton for the 6th Duke of Devonshire. It took four years to build, was completed in 1841, and cost £33,099 – equivalent to £1.5 million today. A massive central structure of moss-clothed poles, dripping into a central pool, has epiphytes attached, echoing the exotic inhabitants of the original Great Conservatory. This spectacular feature houses an immersive hanging installation by CityScapes.

Take a look on the RHS website: