Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has teamed up with one of the UK’s largest landscaping companies, Ashlea Ltd, to supply thousands of plants to a new £15m health centre in Barrow-in-Furness.
The state-of-the-art Alfred Barrow Health Centre, in Duke Street, occupies the site of the former Alfred Barrow School.
The facility provides a variety of primary, community and social care services to the Morecambe Bay community with three GP practices, the Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group, two foundation trusts and a Boots Pharmacy.
The original Victorian building has been retained as a response base for the North West Ambulance NHS Trust.
Commercial landscaper Ashlea Ltd provided the groundworks and planting that surround the new centre then turned to long-standing supplier Johnsons to provide the thousands of plants required.
Plants supplied incorporated 4,000 shrubs, including Griselinia littoralis, Hebe ‘Wiri Mist’, Pachysandra ‘Green Carpet’, Euonymus ‘Ovatus Aureus’, Vinca minor ‘atropurpurea’ and Hedera helix. Several trees were also included in the supply, with Betula jacquemontii among the varieties provided.
Ashlea Ltd Contracts Director Wayne Dand said: “Due to programme delays, the scheme became a challenge to all. Once again, Johnsons Of Whixley excelled themselves with delivery and quality. The scheme was handed over on time, to specification and budget.”
Johnsons of Whixley marketing co-ordinator Eleanor Richardson added: “Our plants and the landscaping have added the final touches to this new state-of-the-art health centre which will provide health services to the local community. We hope the centre and the surrounding landscaping are purposeful and enjoyed for many years to come.”