PROGRAMME: Renovation and expansion garden centre
LOCATION: Warrington Rd, Glazebury, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 5NT - UK
CLIENT: Bents Garden Centre Ltd
GFA: Complete 18.530 m² (new: 10.800 m²)
PERIOD: 2009 - 2012
COMPLETION: Roll out over the next 5-10 years
CATEGORY: Shopping

Bents: officially the UK's Best Garden Centre 2009, 2010, 2011.

Founded in 1937, the Bents story has grown over the past 70 years. Today Bents is a extensive and unique destination. Premium quality plants and expert garden advice remain at the core of Bents business. Bents is the best and most innovative garden en home retailer in the UK.

To lead the way in the garden centre industry Bents is always thinking of new ways to surprise and delight their customers.

Pedestrian canopies along the façade will provide both shade and weather protection. The canopies consists of large panels of perforated metal. The same material is also used by the façade at the several shops who will be presented in the garden centre.

'A taste of Cheshire and Lancashire' you will see at the Bents Farm Shop. A new food hall which can be accessed via a separate entrance. The façade of the farm shop is made up of a naturel green plint.

The spaces adjacent to the outdoor sale will be, in wintertime, accessible through a lockable canopie from the garden centre.

Bents is also looking into the sustainable possibility of water recycling. Rainwater from the Centre's roof will be continue to be collected in the lake and recycled around the Centre for toilets and to water all the plants.

Their will be thermal solar panels on the roof to capture the heat radiated by the sun.

Insulated roof panels will also be installed to provide solar protection.
Windcatchers installed in the roof would allow an effective naturel ventilation.

Geothermal pipework will absorb the heat from the ground and transfer it across the site to provide underfloor heating.

In cooperation with Thermoflor

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