Coles Nurseries building new head office

by | Jan 26, 2017 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

Coles Nurseries, which supplies trees and shrubs nationwide, is investing £540,000 into a new head office in Uppingham Road, Thurnby, on the outskirts of the city.

Work has already started on site and the new bespoke building, designed by architectural practice rg+p, will replace the firm’s office block that was built in 1988.

The new 4,300 sq ft offices are being built by North Midland Construction (NM Group) and the project is expected to be completed by June.

Coles is a 104-year-old business supplying trees via its own delivery system, to a variety of clients including landscapers, garden designers, wholesale nurseries and local authorities.

It also supplies hedging stock, as well as herbaceous plants, bamboo and grasses.

Coles has supplied the landscape trade for projects ranging from new housing developments and business parks, to the creation of show gardens and gardens belonging to private individuals.

The business operates across seven production sites, totalling more than 500 acres.

This gives it the capacity to grow more than 1.2 million trees and 2.4 million shrubs every year.

The new single-storey office block has been described as having a “traditional aesthetic, with an asymmetrical pitched roof space as a focal feature”.

At the time of rg+p’s appointment, associate architect David McSwiney said: “The new office for James Coles and Sons (Nurseries) Ltd has an open plan design with large windows to maximise natural light.

“A gentle sloping roof, with no ceiling below, offers bright and airy interiors, in particular to the reception and main office areas.

“Externally, a steel framed build will be given a contemporary feel with the use of timber cladding.”

As well as a main office and reception area, there will be private offices, training rooms, a kitchen, IT suite and parking. All of the 19 nursery staff will relocate to the new premises.

James Coles, managing director and fourth generation of the Coles family to run the nursery business, said “rg+p’s design proved the most imaginative use of space”.

Coles’s Thurnby site includes a propagation unit, dispatch yard and retail plant centre, which provides space for around 250,000 container shrubs and five acres of glasshouse.

Nick Banks, operations director of the building division of NM Group, said: “This is our first time working with James Coles & Sons (Nurseries) Ltd and we are delighted to have been awarded such an exciting contract.

“They are hugely influential in the UK market and we are pleased to be helping with the development of their offices.”

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