Retail Success on the South Coast

Haskins Garden Centre Roundstone Main Entrance

Despite the worst summer in 40 years, Haskins new Garden Centre at Roundstone, near Worthing , has been trading exceptionally well. Julian Winfield, Chief Executive of Haskins, has confirmed that the new Garden Centre has performed extremely well through some of the most difficult trading conditions that the company has experienced. He believes this is down to the Haskins formula and the quality of the new development at Roundstone. Confidence in the Centre has been further buoyed by a new outlet for Hobbycraft which opened 22nd November 2012.

Roberts Limbrick were appointed in April 2010 as Architects for the redevelopment and expansion of the existing Garden Centre at Roundstone. Haskins remained trading on the site throughout the development, despite the phased demolition of the existing buildings and their replacement by a new building. This involved careful planning by the design team, led by Roberts Limbrick, which included White Young and Green (planning Consultants) DBK, Bournemouth (Cost Consultants) Patrick Mills Associates (Services Consultants) and Wedgewoods (Structural Engineers). It also involved a flexible and proactive approach by the main contractor, Barnwood Construction and their Sub-Contractors.

The new Garden Centre totals approximately 5,500sq.m. internal space with a further 6,000sq.m. of outdoor sales and incorporates a high quality 470 seat restaurant and a Costa coffee shop. As well as indoor and outdoor plants, the Garden Centre also offers ancillary garden materials and equipment, an organic food store and an aquatics sales area.

The development was not without its challenges. Achieving the right mix of planning uses was key to the economic viability of the development. Constraints such as the overhead high voltage cables and drainage infrastructure also required innovative solutions and extensive negotiation.

Following completion of the Garden Centre in March of this year work commenced on demolishing the original disused, freestanding, glass houses on the site and rebuilding them to form three retail units. These were completed this week and the main tenant, Hobbycraft is opened 22nd November 2012.   The remaining units will open early in 2013.

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