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CLIENT: Henry Street Garden Centre

PROJECT LOCATION: Reading | South East

Henry Street Garden Centre is a family-owned and run, independent garden centre with a large selection of plans, gardening products, gifts and garden furniture.

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Vision first met the owners of Henry Street Garden Centre at the first Glee exhibition that Vision attended. At this point the plans for Henry Street were in the very early stages. The owners had a planning application to relocate the current cafe to a new, purpose built unit at the bottom of the garden centre. They wanted to increase the size and seating capacity of the cafe and optimise customer experience by giving them a view of the lake from the cafe. 

Unfortunately, after a number of months and submissions of design by Vision, the client was refused planning. The client quickly reapplied for planning to enlarge the current building and this time permission was granted. Vision proposed doubling the kitchen in size to allow more flexibility in the running of the kitchen. This change enabled a cook line to be included on the front wall with a central prep area which could be accessed at both sides. A hot pass was created and a separate dishwash area which accommodated a small rack conveyor dishwasher system. Vision also included a new, independent bakery section for the kitchen in the proposed plans.

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The next stage was the counter layout, the client had very strong ideas of what they wanted to achieve, one of their existing problems was long queues and waiting times. Vision therefore designed a range of counters, mostly based on self service with multi till points in order to meet the client's need for more efficient service. Vision also suggested the installation of a pizza oven in order to bring an element of theatre to the front counter. The idea was that offering pizza would also attract a new demographic of customer to the garden centre. The pizza area itself contained fridges and prep areas.

The entire project was estimated to take 4 weeks; this included all training on the new kitchen equipment which was delivered by Vision. The project commenced on time and Vision handled the kitchen over to the client at the promised time. 


'We were looking to completely overhaul our entire operation from kitchen to front of house. Vision's complete turnkey solution us with the peace of mind we needed to have all of this handled in the best possible way. 

From doubling the size of our kitchen with a full fit-out including all plumbing and electrical needs, to new floors, counters and furniture in the coffee shop. 

Vision proved their expertise which far exceeded our expectations and made it a pleasure to work with them.'

- Peter Goold, Proprietor, Henry Street Garden Centre

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