Barton Grange £8m development begins

The Barton Grange Group has started the construction of its £8 million leisure development to be built alongside its garden centre at Brock on the A6 near Preston.

The steel frame of the building is being put into place, following the completion of ground works in mid-July.

The Flower Bowl will be a multi-purpose leisure complex offering entertainment, dining and leisure facilities, including only the second curling rink in England. It will generate at least 80 new jobs for the area.

Managing director Guy Topping said: "Even though we’ve been working on this for many months, it always seems more exciting once you can see the structure actually taking shape.

"Behind the scenes we’re designing the interior of the building, to give it the same ‘wow factor’ that has helped make our garden centre such a success. We’re aiming for an opening date in late spring 2018."

Facilities will include a four sheet Curling Rink, ten pin bowling, a three-screen cinema, an all-weather crazy golf course and two golf simulators. There will also be two restaurants, one of which will be a fish and chip restaurant.

The Flower Bowl will be a single storey building with a grass roof, which might eventually have sheep grazing on it.

Meanwhile, a new food hall and restaurant has opened at Webbs of Wychbold, featuring a Himalayan Salt Chamber, a cheese and deli counter, a gelato bar, a bakery and patisserie, a chocolate library, a wall of wine, local beers and ciders, Buxtons master butchers and a restaurant offering a wide selection of homemade hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, handmade cakes, and loose-leaf. The food head is Dudley Clifford.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

What new vegetables will gardeners be growing in 2018?

What new vegetables will gardeners be growing in 2018?

Next year is Fleuroselect year of the chilli pepper and Thompson & Morgan and Mr Fothergill's have ranges around the hot vegetable, with a new way of promoting sales.

Garden centre building: what's going up?

Garden centre building: what's going up?

After a lull in new builds, 2018 could see a slight resurgence in garden centres being erected.

Retail seed: crowded market for 2018

Retail seed: crowded market for 2018

Thompson & Morgan is refocusing on the garden centre seed market, hoping to win back business from Mr Fothergill's, which has expanded during T&M's long sale process.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES

Our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation

Read latest articles