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Peterborough Garden Park

Peterborough

Introduction:

Peterborough Garden Park is an innovative retail and leisure destination which provides a garden centre, 17 retail units, a café and a management suite. It combines all the attributes of a traditional garden centre with those of an accessible retail scheme, hosting a mix of lifestyle retailers.

Details:

  • The main garden centre building takes its influences from glass houses such as those at Kew and Wisley and features a ‘Crystal Palace’ glass atrium.

Features:

  • ‘The Children’s Tile Circle’, a circular artwork crafter by potter Richard Miller, incorporates the names of 320 children who were living close by at the time of construction.
  • At the centre of the tiles is an olive tree: ‘the tree that feeds the children’, according to Sophocles. It is also a symbol of peace. The tree is from Valencia in Spain and is between 50 and 75 years old.
  • Her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex, formally unveiled the artwork.

Our Commitment:

  • A green travel plan was prepared in partnership with Peterborough City Council, which encourages alternative forms of transport and car sharing by those who work at or visit the Park.
  • Dedicated cycle ways and footpaths from bus stops, provision for cycle storage, as well as site staff showers, are all part of ensuring that the Park plays its part in Peterborough’s aspiration to become a truly sustainable city.
  • As part of the design timber was sourced from sustainable forests.
  • 800 lorry loads of soil was recycled and utilised on site
  • Low energy photo-sensitive lighting was incorporated throughout the park.
  • Rain water harvesting provides water for the feature garden and plants in the garden centre.

Acknowledgements:

  • Councillor Charles W Swift, North Ward Councillor: ‘It has been a long, hard road over several years but what has now been achieved by the developers is indeed to their credit.’

Awards:

  • Awarded Best Garden Centre in the Midlands and Best Destination Centre in the Midlands by The Garden Centre Association.
  • Reached the final of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph Business Awards in the category of Contribution to the Community Award.
  • Shortlisted for the Peterborough Design and Construction Awards in the category of Best Commercial/Community Development.

 



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