Holme for Gardens rebuild plan gets go-ahead

Wareham-based plant centre Holme for Gardens has been granted planning permission to completely rebuild using a sustainable design by Southampton architects HPW.

Plans for the grower retailer business, which produces plants and fruit in the Dorset countryside, include a rainwater harvesting system for plant irrigation and a grey water system for toilets, solar panels, highly insulated walls and a green roof.

Holme for Gardens's owner Simon Goldsack felt it was critical to minimise the environmental impact of the build on a "sensitive and important" rural setting.
He said: "HPW is my ideal partner on the scheme as the company is committed to approaching projects with a genuinely sustainable and renewable agenda."

Goldsack has already taken a course at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales to learn how to build the straw bale buildings which will form the heart of the site.

Director of HPW Gary Wilburn said: "Simon immediately loved the green aspect of building this way. We suggested he grow the straw in a field neighbouring the Holmes' site, and he has already obtained permission to do so. It's a really exciting project and fabulous to work with a client who is so receptive to sustainable ideas."

The project will be delivered in phases and led by HPW's Bob Dalton. During the build a waste management system will be in place and recycled and sustainably-sourced materials will be used to construct the building and the road.


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