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Work to get under way soon on pounds 8m city garden centre.

Byline: TonyMcDonough

CONSTRUCTION work will soon begin on an pounds 8m garden centre planned for south Liverpool that will create around 120 jobs.

City planners have given the green light to the scheme put forward by Dobbies Garden Centres.

Following finalisation of the planning procs ess through the Government Office for the North West, Dobbies will confirm dates for construction to begin on site.

It is aiming to open its doors to the public during the 2011/2012 financial year.

The Garden World scheme will be constructed from sustainably-sourced timber and other natural construction materials and will include a range of environmentally-friendly features including energy-efficient lighting systems and rainwater recycling. It will be built on an 8.78-acre gateway site off Speke Boulevard, on the approach road to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Dobbies has purchased the site from Peel Land and Property.

Stuart Wright, Dobbies' director of property, said: "We're delighted to be a step closer to opening a Dobbies Garden World in Liverpool, and will hopefully conclude the planning process successfully in due course. "Following the finalisation, we plan to open our doors to customers in Liverpool during the 2011/2012 financial year, and we look forward to planning for construction to start on site. We want to thank the individuals involved in our planning application, which will allow us to bring a new generation of garden centre to customers in Liverpool.

"It was particularly pleasing that the planning committee positively recognised our proposed design for this important gateway into Liverpool.

"Our investment of some pounds 8m in the project, which will create 120 new jobs for the community, will have a significant effect on the local economy."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2010
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