Hybrid garden centre aims to attract tourists

Architect Paul Pleydell is developing a hybrid garden centre "that looks more like a hotel" and seeks to attract tourists as much as gardeners.

Plans for a new 'hybrid' garden centre in Aberdeen by Paul Pleydell - image: Paul Pleydell
Plans for a new 'hybrid' garden centre in Aberdeen by Paul Pleydell - image: Paul Pleydell

Pleydell Smithyman director Pleydell says the Mains of Drum centre is based on local Scottish architecture. He is developing the centre for Aberdeen property developer Forbes Homes.

It has a circular turret and three storeys and looks perhaps more like a hotel than a garden centre, Pleydell said.

The top floor will house catering. The centre will open into gifts, food and local produce then into a garden section.

Pleydell said: It is based on a gift-focussed business. It’s a great development from our point of view.

Forbes Homes family member Craig Forbes is doing an apprenticeship at Squires to learn the business.

Mains of Drum will open in spring 2009.

Meanwhile, Dobbies is working with local rose growers Cockers to build an £8.5m centre in Aberdeen to open in autumn 2009.


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