By Mark Hotton
A garden centre has overcome the associated redevelopment challenges that come with being located in a world heritage city, conservation area, and greenbelt zone by installing an “eco-friendly” sedum roof.
John Leach, managing director of Bath’s Prior Park Garden Centre, said “something very sensitive” needed to be designed to secure planning permission for a much-needed £500,000 renovation and extension, and the sedum roof proved ideal.
The centre is overlooked by over 200 neighbours, who could have created to planning headaches, but there were over 40 letters of support of their planning application, he said.
The store has operated with 40 per cent less space since work began last July but turnover fell by just five per cent.
Original sections of the shop were replaced and a 450 sq m building constructed to house. The café has been relocated to a new mezzanine floor.
An official opening will be held on 31 March, with 20 per cent of sales to be donated to help fund charity organisation GardenAfrica’s work.
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