Hayes to Develop new ‘World of Plants’

Malcolm Scott Consultants were invited by Hayes to plan the redevelopment of their once famous but now somewhat old and tired Plant Sales Area.

Malcolm Scott’s response to the brief was to carry out a strategic design audit of the site and they came up with a Master Plan for the Garden Centre, which placed plants at the very heart of the Garden Centre by creating an innovative circular ‘World of Plants’. This involved an extensive redevelopment of the existing Plant Sales Area to create new protected sales spaces consisting of a 1,140m² ‘Open Sky’ Glasshouse to allow the sale of bedding plants all the year round, and a new 1,124m² glazed Covered Plant Sales Area for seasonal plant promotions.

A large 2,000m² plus Open Area in a half circle lies adjacent to these two protected sales areas and this in turn is accessed by customers under a circular wide canopy. Adjacent is a 12m wide canopy giving complete protection for the sale of garden hard goods – pots, statuary hard landscape products and cold water aquatics.

In addition, an old and under-used glasshouse building will be entirely redeveloped with a 1,470m² insulated building for the sale of core garden sundries and a new and exciting aquatic offer. New extensions to the Covered Area will see the existing heated Retail Sales Area extended and much better customer linkage to the plant offer, which lies in the centre of the new Hayes Garden World.

This exciting development sees not only the creation of an innovative Plant Sales offer but takes into account the changing weather patterns by providing more plant and customer protection. Links with sustainable drainage and water harvesting will make Hayes a more sustainable Garden Centre.

The planning application was approved by the Lake District National Park following extensive consultation and promotion of the plan by Malcolm Scott Consultants. The Lake District National Park Planning Authority liked the high standard of design and the way the new Garden Centre layout, being organic in its shape, fits into its sensitive surroundings.

We and Hayes are very pleased with the result and look forward to a new page opening in Hayes Garden Centre successful story.
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