Barton Grange garden centre leisure expansion gets go ahead

Lancashire garden centre Barton Grange has won permission to build an ice rink for curling as well as restaurants and other lesiure facilities.

A £6m leisure development set to include a curling rink and cinema at Barton Grange garden centre near Preston has been granted planning permission by Wyre Council.

As well as the curling rink, the designs by architecture and design practice Etc Urban show a cinema, tenpin bowling, a diner-style restaurant, fish and chip restaurant and an ice cream bar and coffee shop.

The 6,000 sqm scheme, called the Flower Bowl, will also include a kayak shop.

The scheme shows further diversification by Barton Grange, which is closing its Northern Liners business but keeping Garden Centre Plants, which had been for sale, open.

Work on site is expected to begin later this year, with the development opening to the public in 2017.

Philip Thornton, architectural director at Etc Urban, said: "This is a project that will bring exciting new entertainment and leisure facilities to the area as well as creating much-needed new jobs. The design brief is for quality premium facilities for visitors to enjoy, including the curling rink, which will introduce the sport to a whole new audience in the north of England.

"Barton Grange is committed to a curling centre of excellence based in Lancashire, which may even uncover some future British Olympians.

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