Wyevale Garden Centre Cardiff to re-open with seven concessions

The centre re-opens on 19 November, two years after a fire burnt the former Blooms centre down.

ElliottWood - image: Wyevale Garden Centres
ElliottWood - image: Wyevale Garden Centres
Retail design agency Dalziel and Pow, which has re-designed several Notcutts stores, designed and re-built the centre.

Former manager Mike Greenwood returns with 69 staff.

Concessions include Maidenhead Aquatics, Regatta, Yankee Candle, Bon Marche, Cotton Traders, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Pampered Pets, with more planned.

Planning for a rebuild was granted on 13 November 2014 for a 8,000sqm building and 4,000sqm plantarea, plus 200 space car park.

Architect was RGP Architects and client was LXB Partners. Civil engineers were ElliottWood.

The new 6,000sqm single-storey structure consists of main curved glulam timber frames. To provide a large interior space each frame consists of three beam segments supported on two interior steel columns and two exterior precast concrete columns. Steel decking spanning 7.5m between main beams will provide support to the roofing and internal ceiling finishes. The central 19m span will consist of either typical solid roof construction or a raised ETFE skylight roof area supported by curved steel beams.

At the exterior, additional beam elements are to provide support to an external tensile roof structure as required. On the entrance side of the building, this overhang extends approximately 7.5m from the exterior columns with a steel post provided for additional support. On the other side, the overhang is approximately 3.5m and will be supported by a rigid connection back to the exterior precast concrete columns.

Stability for the structure is provided by the exterior precast concrete columns which will be designed to cantilever from the foundations with a rigid base connection. The main steel roof deck will act as a diaphragm transmitting horizontal loads to the perimeter columns and providing continuous restraint to the main glulam beams.

Meanwhile, a new acquistion by Wyevale is due to be announced on 22 October.

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