Garden centre development picks up as investment confidence returns

Geo Hodges joint managing director Graeme Jones says confidence has returned to garden centre owners planning to develop their sites.


Said Jones: "People seem positive about things now. A couple of years ago there was a poor season and garden centres suffered and put things back but it’s busier now. It’s not just garden centres – all our work has picked up in the last 18 months."

Work has started at phase two of Garsons, which includes a restaurant and retail building, with contractors Hodges and structure suppliers Marchegay.

Garsons director Ian Richardson is designing the detail himself. Malcolm Scott Consultants won the planning.

Carr Farm is being built with a 280-seat new restaurant with Hodges the builder.

Jones said the octagonal, heavily glazed Garsons site was a particularly interesting development.

Burton-based Hodges has recently completed phase two work at Redfields for Blue Diamond and retail and restaurant work in Gloucestershire  at Highfields.

Jones said there are two upcoming projects Hodges expects to start, subject to planning permission.

Meanwhile, Smith Garden Centre in Uxbridge has won consent for an enlarged canopy.

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