Dunbar Garden Cerntre work to start

Work on the new £2.5 million Dunbar Garden Centre will start in a few weeks time - and the bulk of construction will be undertaken by a Scottish company.

Lanarkshire based BHC Ltd has beaten off competition from a number of English firms to win the contract.

Nick Crabbie, managing director of Berwick Garden Centre, which is behind the project, said: “There has been keen competition for this contract and I’m delighted that it has been won by an ambitious company that is hungry for the opportunity”.

Originally, BHC specialised in agricultural buildings. Now the business has expanded to provide comprehensive services for retail, residential and commercial construction projects.

This will be the first custom built gardencentre for the company, whose managing director Brian Hewitt said: “We are delighted to have won such a high-profile project and we are looking forward to delivering another quality turnkey facility for this successful business.”

The steelwork will be manufactured in a state-of-the-art production facility in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire, and assembled on site. However, the specialised glasshouse will be sub-contracted to Dutch firm Smiemans, which operates throughout Europe - although the Dunbar Garden Centre will be their first in Scotland.

Nick Crabbie added: “This is a great site. I am confident that now is the right time to develop our new garden centre. Economic indicators are pointing in the right direction and we are encouraged by support from many potential customers.The only thing that could have held us up was the archaeological survey – but all that revealed was a few old beer cans!”

The new garden centre in Dunbar will create 35 new jobs initially. It is expected that the majority of these jobs will be filled by local applicants.

“Retailing is undergoing a major change,” says Crabbie “and good garden centres provide customers with a ‘day out’ experience. This is what we hope to achieve in Dunbar.”