In 2002 cousins Andrew and James Evans took over Ruxley Manor garden centre as the 5th generation of their family to take over the running of the business. However, in 2009 a large fire burnt down all of the gardens warehousing at Ruxley, thankfully the retail area was saved. This was a significant moment for the Evans family as it signified the start of the redevelopment of the business.
In 2016, one of the main areas they chose to renovate was the Lifestyle Area. They selected design house Playdell Smithyman to create the layout and design units for the new department, who chose Stagecraft for the manufacture and installation. This required close communication and a good working relationship between Stagecraft and Pleydell. It was vital that the design brief was fully understood, timescale was agreed and designers from Stagecraft and Pleydell worked closely to ensure all units were both practical and workable within the retail space.
For Stagecraft carrying out this project was a great test of their interior capabilities, previously specialising more in exterior benching they were able to showcase their ability to create a wide range of complex interior units, within a strict timeframe and to an exceptional standard.
As you can see from the images, this modern revamp shows off the latest trends in garden centre design, using a mixture of chunky timber, metalwork and wooden finishes to create a modern country look. The units and layout are designed to increase customer engagement, direct customer flow and improve the customers shopping experience.
With this new Lifestyle area along with an extensive nursery, restaurant, pet area, outdoor living, barbers and many more, Ruxley is a destination garden centre not to be missed.