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Chestnut Nursery

An uplifting new-build garden centre for a local charity


Poole, Dorset

Nominated for the Construction Excellence Award ( South West)

Chestnut Nursery is a registered charity and a project of SWOP, Sheltered Work Opportunities Project, which provides meaningful work in a supportive and pressure-free environment, for adults with enduring mental illness. SWOP aims to use the therapeutic nature of horticulture to restore mental well-being.

Footprint Architects were asked to design and develop a new retail garden centre for employees to work in a warm comfortable environment, whilst providing a high quality area for displaying the centres goods for customers.

The building design is built up of 3 layers or wrapping, the first being a layer of gabion stone walls to create a secure safe structure for staff to work in, the second is a glazed element of curtain walling, and the final layer is Sweet Chestnut Cladding to bring warmth and comfort to the shop. The design brings an agricultural response to the site using natural materials and stripped back detailing to provide an existing yet cost effective solution to the client.

“The architects were very pleasant to work with and took time to understand our work, explain technicalities and answer our questions. The resulting building is lovely and meets our needs.” – Client

Main Contractor Greendale Construction

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