A popular garden centre in North Yorkshire that suffered a major fire will be fully re-opened, less than four months since the disaster happened, thanks to the expertise of Spaciotempo.
The fire destroyed most of the building, with black scorching lining the remaining roof frame and interior walls of the premises.
Very quickly after the fire, the plant area was reopened, with a temporary sales offering along with a pop-up café. However, the garden centre will have to be rebuilt from scratch in the long term. To minimise lost revenue and to recover the business, temporary building specialists Spaciotempo UK have been appointed as principal contractors to get the centre fully back up and running in a temporary structure.
Strikes is thought of as a local landmark and is liked by over 3,000 people on its Facebook page. Hundreds of messages have since been received, expressing their shock and sympathy.
David Clark, project manager for the Strikes Garden Centre temporary building, said “Obviously the fire has been devastating for local customers and our colleagues. We’re not a centre that just sells plants and flowers, the local public and people from far and wide will visit Strikes for days out. The garden centre interacts with the community and is proud of its synergy with neighbourhood schools and colleges.”
“Unfortunately, this fire has come at possibly the busiest time of the year for a garden centre. We are immensely grateful that when the fire hit, the building was unoccupied and that there were no injuries to members of the public, our colleagues or to the fire service. Thankfully, we’re pleased to say that we won’t be out of action for too long, and our new building from Spaciotempo will be as good as new and business as usual.”
The new building is going to be situated on an adjoining field and will be in use for the next 12-18 months. Building work has already begun and is scheduled to finish mid-July.
The 2025sqm facility will be installed with a kitchen, café, retail area and toilets, and will be fully insulated and heated. It will be linked to the existing car park and plant area that were not affected by the fire.
Tony Farley, Sales Director for Spaciotempo, said, “We are delighted to be able to help Strikes during this difficult time. The outpouring of support for the centre shows just what it means to the people of this area who, for generations have ties to this community icon.
“A business like Strikes depends on footfall, and with the busy months coming, it was imperative we got it back to normal as quick as possible. Rebuilding the centre from the ground up will take a lot of time, but we are specialists in these disaster recovery situations, and we’re proud to say Strikes will be back just in time for summer.”
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