They already own 32ha of land on which 3.2ha will be used for the new centre. Two years ago the brothers began discussions with Hampshire- based architects HPW. HPW have since advised them throughout the site appraisal process and provided masterplan layouts and visuals to negotiate with the city and developers in Saskatoon and, following a visit by the Wilson brothers to their UK offices, have now been awarded the project.
Wilsons president Steve Wilson said: "We really need to work with people who fully understand the garden centre industry. HPW has a great track record, not only in the construction of Garden Centres, but the interior design and also the full branding opportunity. We look forward to getting the project started immediately."
HPW director of design and sustainability Gary Wilburn, at HPW say that they were delighted to meet the Wilsons and also to gain the contract: "Whilst most of our projects have been with major UK groups such as Dobbies, Blooms and Wyvale, also Haskins Garden Centres at West End Southampton, we have also successfully worked in Germany for Worlein Garden World near Munich, this will be our first on the continent of North America!"
HPW, founded in 1986 currently employs a team of 18 qualified and experienced personnel to cover demand from the retail, leisure and high quality residential developments.