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Image Credits: Haskins Garden Centres

Project Description

Client: Haskins Garden Centres Ltd
Location: Crawley, West Sussex
Year Completed: 2020
Project Value: £15m
Contractor: Barnwood Construction
Architects: Roberts Limbrick


Located on an 8 acre site, the revamped garden centre covers 11,800 sqm. Improved facilities include a 440 seat customer restaurant with outdoor terrace, a new large covered outdoor sales area, and a new car park with 346 parking spaces.

Our engineering works included design of the structural foundations, below ground drainage and external works. To minimise disruption on business activities, this extensive Garden Centre redevelopment project was undertaken in phases.

Phase 1 involved ground works for the main car park and temporary garden centre, which kept the site in operation throughout the majority of the redevelopment. These works included underground drainage, installation of the below ground sub-base attenuation and tree pits, as well as the new site entrance Section 278 highway works.

The temporary garden centre remained in situ until late 2019, before making way for the final completed garden centre building, which was officially opened to the public in March 2020.


The Challenges

Foundations need to be deepened due to the clay soils and the presence of existing trees. Drainage had to be attenuated before being discharged into the local ditches. Foul water needed to be connected by a private pumped main across the road and into the Thames Water system.

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