HPW wins $5m Canadian garden centre project

Hampshire-based architects HPW have won a $5m Canadian garden centre project.

Saskatoon is a rapidly growing city in central Saskatchewan, Canada, where the Wilsons Group of horticultural-related companies are planning to build a new $5m garden centre.

Two years ago the owners of the Wilsons Group, Steve and Carl Wilson, began discussions with HPW thanks to the Hampshire firm?s excellent reputation within the garden centre industry.

HPW have since advised them and negotiated with both the city and developers in Saskatoon, and following a visit by the Wilson brothers to their Ower offices, have now been awarded the project.

Steven Wilson, president of Wilsons, said: ?We really need to work with people who fully understand the garden centre industry. HPW has a great track record, not only in the construction of garden centres, but the interior design and also the full branding opportunity.?

Gary Wilburn, director of design and sustainability at HPW, commented that they were delighted to meet the Wilsons and also to gain the contract. ?Whilst most of our projects have been with major UK groups such as Dobbies, Blooms and Wyevale, we have also successfully worked in Germany for Worlein Garden World near Munich. This will be our first on the continent of North America.?

HPW, founded in 1986, currently employs a team of 18 qualified and experienced personnel to cover demand from the retail, leisure and high quality residential developments.

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