The Ickworth


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This modern Victorian greenhouse is perfect for keen gardeners. Boasting a stunning spacious interior, the Ickworth greenhouse is cruciform in shape, giving tremendous internal flexibility and allowing you to define space for growing as well as entertaining and relaxing. The position of doors is flexible giving options on how it is positioned in a garden – it makes a great link between 2 defined garden spaces.

Each wing in the Ickworth greenhouse comfortably accommodates a U-shaped bench with the opportunity to utilise each area for efficient and organised growing. There is a multitude of space for overwintering plants, or beds built into the ground to grow a large tree or climber specimens into the ample roof space. Alternatively, by tailoring the internal design of your greenhouse, the structure can be transformed to provide a seating or entertaining area where you can admire your thriving plants.

Product dimensions

2.9m x 7.1m (9’6” x 23’5”) with extended double lobby.

How to order

To get your project started please give us a call on 01730 826900 or email us at You can also book a Sales Visit with one of our Designers who will visit your home, or come along to our next open morning to see our structures at Torberry farm.  Our knowledgeable Sales Designers will ask all the right questions to understand what greenhouse will suit your needs. Click here to view the full process.  

Prices quoted in pounds (£) include VAT at 20% and delivery/installation within mainland England and Wales.

These prices are based on our standard size structures, the brick base and accessories (including benches and cold frames) are not included within these prices as they are tailored to your requirements. We offer a full range of accessories and we would be delighted to quote for providing your building works. To discuss accessory options and your building work requirements please contact a member of the team on 01730 826900.

Details & Personalisation

Once you’ve chosen your greenhouse style and colour you also have the opportunity to embellish your greenhouse further.

  • Cresting – this runs along the ridge of the greenhouse, you can opt to remove the traditional cresting for a more contemporary look.
  • Finials – these are the decorative points that are traditionally situated at each end of the greenhouse roof and at the front of each lobby. You can choose between ball or spike finials, or no finials at all.
  • Spandrel – Our spandrels are decorative as well as structural. These cast iron fittings are available in the Alitex A emblem or a rose design.
  • Door Furniture – We have three standard door handle choices with the option to upgrade to a further two designs. Your hinge, hook, and plaque will compliment your chosen door handle finish.


  • All of our greenhouses are made from aluminium and glass, which is infinitely recyclable. We are often asked why you should choose an aluminium greenhouse. As one of the planet’s most inexhaustible resources, aluminium is a sustainable, lightweight and high-strength material. It is extremely resistant to rust and corrosion, therefore the perfect choice for creating beautiful glasshouses that will stand the test of time.
  • Your greenhouse frame will be powder coated, low maintenance and durable, meaning your structure requires very little effort to keep it in such good condition when compared with other materials.
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Our greenhouses are made from aluminium, which is infinitely recyclable. The finishing touches – spandrels, finials and cresting are all cast aluminium – the way the Victorians made them. Every greenhouse is fitted with 4mm toughened safety glass.

powder coated aliuminium

Paint & Finish

Our structures are powder coated in our factory and then baked in our ovens to create a tough, durable, semi-gloss finish. We offer bespoke colours and finishes, including a marine finish to protect against the elements of the coast.

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Our vents are placed on opposing sides of the greenhouse to create a chimney effect. The manual opening side vents open from below the gutter line. The air is then drawn through the automated roof vents to create adequate ventilation for your plants.

Choose Your Paint

The National Trust standard colour palette

Our colour selection is vast, ranging from classic shades of white to muted greens and greys, and more diverse bold colours including blues and black. Please view our colour range below, all colours come in a satin finish, except for Bronze Manganese which comes in Matt as standard. If you would like a bespoke colour or finish, all we need is the RAL code, these are available at an extra cost.

Looking for a custom colour? Talk to us

Wood Sage

Downland Stone


Chalkhill Blue


Sussex Emerald

Olive Green



Brilliant White

Graphite Grey

Bronze Manganese

I don’t think you appreciate the detail until you experience it head on, it’s a quality build.

David Elton, Director of the Lime Wood Group


Take a look at what our customers say

Alix Mason

5 October 2022

“We cannot fault the service. From the moment we rang Alitex they were efficient and easy to deal with. We are thrilled with the finished product, and it is worth the cost to know that it is really maintenance-free.”

Alan Titchmarsh, MBE

31 January 2019

Having owned an Alitex greenhouse, or two, for many years Alan Titchmarsh MBE accompanied Mary Berry CBE into our National Trust Ickworth greenhouse at Chatsworth Flower Show. Sharing his passion for the structures, Alan declared “Mary, if you’re going to buy a greenhouse it has to be an Alitex”.

Clive Richards OBE

5 April 2014

“I required a beautiful traditional looking glasshouse without the maintenance issues of wood. Alitex provided me with the solution; a structure designed and engineered to a level unsurpassed throughout the industry.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need planning permission for a greenhouse?

We are increasingly finding Planning Permission is becoming an essential requirement for building a new greenhouse. Under permitted development rights, in some cases, planning permission will not be required; this will depend on the size and location of the proposed greenhouse. As the greenhouse is a significant and long term development we also think that gaining planning approval is prudent and good practice. Part of our service is to undertake all planning negotiations for you. Having completed countless applications over the years we can anticipate most eventualities. (Our success rate is over 95%!) You are however, free to submit your own planning application, particularly if you have a good ongoing relationship with your local planning office. We are well versed in understanding the needs of conservation officers and the nuances of the planning process. And we have nurtured strong links with the National Trust, English Heritage and the Royal Horticultural Society. As a general guide, planning permission will be required if any of the conditions listed below apply:
  1. The greenhouse is located on land at the front of the property
  2. The height of the greenhouse would exceed 4.0m for a dual pitch roof, 3.0m for any other roof. The height of the greenhouse would exceed 2.5m if located within 2.0m of a boundary
  3. The height of the eaves would exceed 2.5m
  4. More than 50% the area of land around the ‘original house’ would be covered by additions or other buildings
  5. In general if you live in a Conservation Area, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks or the Broads, planning permission will be required. In these areas the maximum area to be covered by all outbuildings more than 20.0m from the house to be limited to 10msq. Greenhouses in these areas located at the side of the property will require planning permission
  6. Within the curtilage of a listed building, a greenhouse will require planning permission and, if built against a listed wall – listed building consent.
It should be noted that other consents may be required such as Party Wall agreements which we can advise and provide assistance with. When it comes to planning, Alitex can certainly advise on the best route forward. Our team of experts are continuously working with various planning authorities across the UK and will work with you or your chosen architect to try and satisfy the various criteria. Please contact us here to find out more about any potential planning permissions you may need for your greenhouse.

How long will the planning process take?

Our Sales & Project Support Team will submit and manage the application on your behalf, and we usually expect a decision from Councils in roughly 10 – 12 weeks after submission, during which time we will keep you updated with your progress.

Will Alitex build the base for my greenhouse?

Yes, we offer a building works service for all our National Trust Greenhouses within 100 miles of our head office, Torberry Farm (on the Hampshire – Sussex border). And for those further afield we can provide a turnkey service to source and project manage a builder local to you. Bespoke greenhouses are assessed on a case by case basis. Please ask if you would like us to quote for building works.

How do I arrange a no obligation visit?

Simply contact the office on 01730 826900 or email us on to arrange a convenient time. Distance is not an issue – our team is constantly travelling around the country.

Help, I’m not sure what I need!

Don’t worry this is where our years of experience can help. Contact us and we will chat through your growing requirements and advise you on your various options. Often, a no obligation visit is a good starting point. If you would like to arrange a visit contact us on 01730 826900 or email us on

Where can I see examples of your work?

Over the years, we have created some beautiful Victorian greenhouses. On our case studies page, you will find a range of projects from our National Trust Collection and bespoke greenhouses. These case studies are a fraction of what we have built, we hope that you will find inspiration for your project. 

We also have a number of display structures at our premises in Hampshire and have also built several in Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex as well as the Channel Isles. We have customers nationwide so may well have a structure nearer to you. Please get in touch and we will let you know.

How much does a greenhouse cost?

This very much depends on the nature of the design. Prices for our National Trust Greenhouse collection can be found here. For a bespoke structure, please contact us here.

Next steps

Plant pots on the greenhouse work bench

Request a brochure

Want to learn more about what we do and why we do it? Take a look at our award-winning range of greenhouses in our brochure.

Our services

Our services

If you can’t find your dream greenhouse in our National Trust range then we can offer a fully bespoke service from our experienced designers and engineers.

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Visit our show site and factory

We are located in the Hampshire town of Petersfield off the A3. Come see for yourself the Alitex difference. With structures for you to view and our factory tour – you’ll walk away with all you need to know.