Millbrook Garden Centre’s restaurant now completed by MSC

Work is complete on a £2.5 million Kent-mill style restaurant at Millbrook Garden Centre .
 
The two-storey high 280-seat restaurant at Millbrook Garden Centre opened last month. Malcolm Scott Consultants created the designs for the building. They also obtained detailed planning consent despite the centre being on the Green Belt.

Millbrook partnered with Malcolm Scott Consultants

Digital plan for the Millbrook restaurant
Digital plan for the Millbrook restaurant

The MSC team has worked with Millbrook since 2005. The company prepared a development plan for the site. They also designed the restaurant building, creating a point of difference from competitors.

 
Chris Primett of MSC said: “In a competitive marketplace, it is important to create an designed building in which to house a restaurant.
 
“Every garden centre has a restaurant, every pub serves food, competition is strong. To attract repeat custom it’s important to offer a point of difference. A memorable experience is what people will recommend to others.
 
“We created a two-storey high restaurant replicating a Kent Mill. We drew on the heritage of the centre and the surrounding area. It would be an enduring design synonymous with Millbrook and adding to its destination experience.”
 
Joint owner Ben Woodhouse said: “The building looks fabulous.”
 
The finished Millbrook restaurant
The finished product

Chris added that the centre occupies a five-acre site, limiting the amount of Green Belt development allowed. The two-storey structure went against Green Belt restrictions. It made a comprehensive planning case fundamental for approval.

 
The nature of the project meant that a new Aquatics Centre had to go up before commencing work on the restaurant to make the land available.
 
Time-lapse videos and building updates went on Millbrook’s website. The centre keeps customers updated on the restaurant’s progress.

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