Horniman Natural History Gallery (Sophia Spring)

Horniman appoints lead architect for major ‘Nature + Love’ project 

Backed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will see three new attractions built around the theme of the climate emergency

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, south London, has appointed Feilden Fowles as lead architect for its Nature + Love project.

The project has been initially funded by £475,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and aims to make the Horniman “more inclusive and accessible, placing environmental sustainability and a commitment to fighting the climate emergency at its heart.”


The National Lottery Heritage Fund is to consider a detailed proposal for a second second round of funding for the project totalling £4.5m.

Feilden Fowles will be developing RIBA Stage 2 concept designs between now and September, and RIBA Stage 3 detailed designs by February 2023. The Horniman will submit its Stage 2 bid around early March 2023.

Feilden Fowles will lead a team of conservation and landscape architects, engineers and designers to develop designs for three new attractions at the Horniman. A Nature Explorers Adventure Zone, Gardening Zone, and redisplayed Natural History Gallery and indoor Nature Explorers Action Zone, which will explore “human understanding of and impact upon the planet, and supporting people to make changes on a local and personal level”.

Kirsten Walker, Director of Collections Care and Estates at the Horniman Museum and Gardens said Feilden Fowles “stood out for us at tender because of the ambition of their sustainable approach to our Nature + Love project, combined with their impressive track record of successfully embedding environmental sustainability into their work.”

Fergus Feilden, Director at Feilden Fowles, said the project brings together significant and current topics around inclusivity, diversity, environmental sustainability and education. The Horniman is a unique setting with a wonderfully diverse collection, buildings and landscape. This exciting project will help expand access to a wider audience while responding to the climate.’