Thermoflor: work in progress in 2017

In 2017 we will once again be guaranteeing the design and construction of modern, creative garden centres. You are most welcome to come along to take a look at our building work or to attend the opening of any of the following garden centres:

Doubling of retail area at Intratuin Duiven (NL)         

The Nusselder brothers of the Duiven branch of the Intratuin chain of garden centres have asked us to help them take a major step forward in the expansion of their shop to enable them to present all their product groups in a better way all the year round. This year, the retail area of Intratuin Duiven is going to grow from its present 16,000 m2 divided over two floors and an outdoor area to a total of 24,000 m2. This will create more room for such articles as outdoor plants, pottery and the successful Christmasworld.

All the groups of articles will be updated following the expansion. The brothers have closely studied the various articles’ sales figures and the most effective layout for them. One result of this is that the pet department will now be doubled in size. In view of the large area – customers will soon be walking almost one kilometre through the new shop – an extra catering facility will be included along the route.

The layout of the outdoor section is also going to change. The unheated department will be expanded with ‘multi-ventilation greenhouses’ (greenhouses with extra ventilation windows) to ensure an optimum climate all the year round. And an extra 2,000 m2 will be built onto the warehouse to create more storage room. The carpark will be made more customer-friendly with more parking places (1,000) that are situated much closer to the entrance than in the previous situation. The nearby Plaza Graafstaete shopping centre will also benefit from this.

We will be completing the 1st phase of this large-scale expansion this October. That will be followed by a 2nd phase lasting until the spring of 2018, which will focus on expanding the catering and leisure activities.

 

Contemporary flagship store for Hageland garden centre in the Norwegian town of Karmoy

At the end of November 2016 Thermoflor started work on the new build of garden centre Hageland in Karmoy. This new branch, with an area of 2,800 m2, now is the new eyecatcher of the Norwegian Hageland chain of garden centres. The building’s front wall features the colours of the Hageland house style and the characteristic arched entrance.

The garden centre comprises a heated and an unheated greenhouse and an outdoor retail area. The centre’s manager Ola Apeland: “An Open Sky roof with an area of 500 m2 is be installed over part of the outdoor retail area for plants. On sunny days both the roof and the side walls of this outdoor area will be open. The roof and walls automatically close if it starts to rain or if it gets very windy.“ The Karmoy branch opened its doors in April 2017.

Hageland Karmoy

 

Smart combination with entertainment activities at Wilson’s garden centre in Saskatoon, Canada

The new Destination Garden Centre of the Wilson brothers in the Canadian town of Saskatoon will be twice the size of their present shop, around 12,000 m2. The brothers wanted to be certain of working with the best specialists in retail design, and that brought them to a combination of the British HPW Architects (design) and the Dutch garden centre specialist Thermoflor (production and construction).

The new garden centre will be built 200 metres from the present one, and will form part of a large new retail and leisure centre that will also include a restaurant, a gym and various other shops.

The present shop will remain in business until the new garden centre’s opening early this summer. A smart combination with entertainment activities will make it possible to make the most of the building all the year round: part of the greenhouse area will be emptied for a few months a year to create room for an indoor go kart circuit.

 

Refurbishment of the IJsselstein and Leidsche Rijn Intratuin branches (NL)

A larger retail area and extra storage capacity – they were the reasons for the refurbishment of two Intratuin branches.

Last October we started to build an extension measuring 1,100 m² for the Leidsche Rijn branch of the Intratuin chain of garden centres. The first to be refurbished was the unheated greenhouse. In January we then expanded the heated greenhouses and added a warehouse with an extra floor onto it to create extra storage capacity. We have also expanded the Intratuin branch at IJsselstein. Here we have built a new retail area of 1,000 m2. The heated and unheated greenhouses have both been enlarged with a new roof to create a lot of extra room for the various product groups. We carried out the work in phases, enlarging the heated greenhouse first and then starting work on the unheated greenhouse. Intratuin IJsselstein now has a total floor area of 8,000 m2.

 

Intratuin Leidsche Rijn 

 

Work has begun on the Waterdrinker Green Trade Center in Aalsmeer (NL)

Waterdrinker in the Dutch town of Aalsmeer has given the go-ahead for the construction of a Green Trade Center, to be completed by the end of this year. The Green Trade Center will be Waterdrinker’s flagship, in which it is going to meet the requirements of its European customers together with its suppliers. The building, with a total area of 25,000 m2, will comprise cold rooms, heated and unheated greenhouses, departments for hardware and accessories and an Inspiration & Knowledge House. Under the supervision of the contractor Boele &van Eesteren (a subsidiary of Volker Wessels), Thermoflor is going to build the greenhouse complex, which will comprise wide-span greenhouses with an area of 17,000 m2 executed with modern use of colours and integrated sunscreens.

 

This trade centre based on the shop-in-shop principle will be a one-stop-shopping experience for buyers and suppliers of green products all over Europe. A pioneering and inspiring place where retailers and suppliers of flowers, plants and accessories can meet one another, and above all a centre where you’ll find everything you need to tempt consumers to buy more flowers and plants. This is the principle behind the Green Trade Center: “to join forces to bring consumers happiness and health.”