Independent garden centre Henry Street has been family owned and run for five generations. Since moving to its current 40 acre site in 1985, brothers Mark, Peter, Alan and Tim Goold have grown the business considerably, repeatedly welcoming back Newspan to refurbish, extend and build new structures in a series of successful expansions. Tim Goold stated: ‘“Over 20 years, we’ve worked with Newspan at least five or six times; we get on well and I know I’m going to get a good job for a good price”.
In Autumn 2017 Newspan once again returned to Henry Street to undertake a 1,600m2 redevelopment that would allow the relocation of the restaurant to a bigger building with a terrace, and install a new canopy to improve customer flow between buildings. A vital aspect of this new project was to ensure any additional structures integrated perfectly with the existing buildings on site. From the outset Newspan’s approach was to maximise existing materials whilst designing efficient and practical methods of extension.
Existing frame utilised - reducing total number of foundations needed
The new canopy integrates perfectly with the existing structures, providing the harmonious appearance required by the planners
Tim Goold, one of Henry Street’s owners, explains: “The planners were very much looking for designs that would be sympathetic to what was already here, so the drawings put forward by architects Pleydell Smithyman appeared relatively straightforward. The art was all in Newspan’s execution of how well the new canopy linked with other buildings on site. What was previously an open sales area on sloping levels has been turned into a covered, level retail space that customers now move around in without getting wet in bad weather. Our café now seats 350 people; 100 covers more than before.”
“As we expected from Newspan, the project delivery ran smoothly and to plan. The site team worked well with the main contractor and handover was on time. The team in the office is well informed and involved with activity on site, and always helpful if you need any support. Long term, the customer care is fantastic – they know our buildings and on the rare occasions we do need help, they’re straightforward to deal with and get things sorted.
"Newspan are never complacent and always competitive. For all the times they’ve won our business, they never take it for granted and we’re always looked after really well. This latest phase of development is looking really very good; once again, we’re very happy with what Newspan have delivered.”