New Build: Haskins and Longacres

Three projects in Dorset, Surrey and Hampshire for Haskins and Longacres Nursery.

Artists impression of plans for Longacres Nursery - image: Longacres
Artists impression of plans for Longacres Nursery - image: Longacres

Dutch greenhouse constructor Thermoflor has been working on three garden centre projects in the UK - Haskins Roundstone, Longacres and Haskins West End.

A new garden centre will be built at Haskins' Roundstone site in Dorset alongside the existing centre. An area of 4,000sq m will be fitted with Open Sky technology, and the old garden centre will be dismantled once the new one has opened. The area freed up by this will be used as a car park.

Construction work started in June, and the opening of the new centre is planned for March 2012. The architect is Roberts Limbrick Architects, Gloucester.

In collaboration with Vear Construction, Thermoflor is building a new retail facility measuring 3,000sq m at Longacres Nursery in Surrey, the UK's highest-turnover garden centre, according to Garden Retail's Top 100 listing. Other companies involved in the project are: PLUM Architects, Bourne M & E (heating & electrical works) and LCE (groundwork).

There will be a new restaurant, plant department, and the largest temperature-controlled area for the direct sale of cut flowers in a garden centre. The first stage of the renovation at Longacres was completed in the autumn.

At Haskins West End in Southampton, three existing spans were extended. The restaurant was modernised and increased to seat 500, and opened this autumn. The architect was HPW Partnership.

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