Following a competitive tender process, the North Yorkshire nursery secured the five-figure contract to supply more than 7,500 plants in partnership with commercial landscapers Grace Landscapes, based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.
Their work on the 5.6 ha site helped earn Grace Landscapes an award in the Soft Landscaping (£300k to £1.5m) category at the recent BALI Awards.
As part of an ambitious upgrade scheme, the two businesses worked alongside other partners, including property developer British Land and Landscape Architect McGregor Smith and main contractor McLoughlin Harvey to create a new identity for the facility. to create a new identity for the facility.
The landscape strategy was combined with a public art initiative to create a setting that reflects the character of the local area, including the surrounding Scottish woodlands, while encouraging visitors to spend time in the external, green spaces.
Johnsons of Whixley senior amenity sales manager, Tony Coles, said: “We were delighted to land this contract in April of last year, and have since relished the opportunity to provide our usual high level of service and product quality to help upgrade the Glasgow Fort facility.
“It’s great to see the work commended by BALI, and we look forward to maintaining and further strengthening our relationship with Grace Landscapes, and our other partners in the commercial sector, during the next 12 months.”
Grace Landscapes North East regional manager, Darren Hardman, said: “The landscaping on this high-profile development has been well received by both the Centre Management Team and the public.
“It brings a different experience to the development, combining soft play for the younger members of the family, and a place to relax for parents.
“Grace Landscapes and Johnsons of Whixley liaised very closely on the scheme, from procurement of the plant material to specific timed deliveries, and Johnsons were always on hand to provide appropriate and helpful advice.”
Macgregor Smith director, Rupert Grierson, said: “Macgregor Smith has been working on Glasgow Fort for a number of years, and highlighted at an early stage in the project the requirement for high quality plant material as part of delivering the client’s vision.
“We are pleased to see the that the quality of the plant material and installation has come together well and look forward to seeing new spring growth in 2018.”
Johnsons of Whixley is one of the largest commercial nursery businesses in Europe, and supplies plants and trees to the amenity sector, alongside thriving Garden Centre Sales and Cash and Carry divisions.
About Johnsons of Whixley
Johnsons of Whixley Ltd is a family-run plant nursery business based in Whixley, North Yorkshire, first established in 1921 by Eric Johnson. The company was taken over by John Richardson in 1964 and became known as Johnsons of Whixley Ltd in 1993.
Johnsons of Whixley is one of the largest commercial nursery businesses in Europe, and a trusted supplier of plants and trees to the amenity sector in the UK.
Johnsons has experience in growing plants for specific, high-profile schemes including the Forth Road Bridge, Royal Parks, HS1 and the Athletes Village at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The company offers a Wholesale Xpress cash and carry service to a range of regional and national businesses, from gardeners and landscapers, to hotel chains, facilities management companies, garden designers, property developers, show homes and estates and is the only one of its kind in the north of England. As a nationwide supplier to DIY chains and independent garden centres, Johnsons’ plants can be found in the gardens of private homes nationally.
Johnsons of Whixley offers a range of stock, from the smallest seedling, to extra heavy standard trees. The company is renowned for the quality of its stock, its expertise, customer service, and delivery fleet which are just as likely to be spotted in John o’ Groats as they are in central London.
Accredited to the international quality standard ISO 9001:2015, and the environmental standard ISO 14001:2015, Johnsons is one of the few true net contributors to the environment.