Sussex company works with Horsham garden centre in plans for extension

Staff at Stooks restaurant at Newbridge Nurseries in Broadbridge Heath, near Horsham
Staff at Stooks restaurant at Newbridge Nurseries in Broadbridge Heath, near Horsham

The Building Control service for Horsham District Council and Crawley Borough Council, has completed a final inspection of a new restaurant at Newbridge Nurseries in Broadbridge Heath, Horsham.

The Stooks restaurant is an extension to the existing garden centre and during its construction staff from Horsham District Council provided expert advice to the designer, surveyor and the owner as well as the various building contractors.

Staff from Sussex Building Control ensured that the new restaurant would be a safe and energy efficient development, therefore minimising its impact on the environment.

Ian Howard, HDC cabinet member for living and working communities, said: “I am delighted that Sussex Building Control was selected to provide the Building Control Service for this development because they play a vital role in helping Horsham District Council create a safe and healthy environment for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

“By working closely with architects, builders and property owners they ensure that buildings are not only safe but are comfortable and energy efficient too.”

Sussex Building Control works closely with local surveyors, architects and builders approving their design solutions and providing advice within the confines of current Building Regulation legislation.

Knowledge of the local area benefits all parties, as do Building Control’s close links with other council departments such as Planning and Environmental Health among others.

Chartered Building Surveyor, Graham Askew, who was responsible for preparing the working drawings and specification for the project and overseeing the building operations, added: “I found Building Control to be very approachable during the construction of this project.

“Building Control ratified the designs prepared by myself, the chartered engineers and mechanical and electrical consultants, swiftly. Their advice and assistance on this project have been invaluable.”

Nigel Wait, the owner of Newbridge Nurseries, added: “During construction, we decided to install a ground source heat pump, as well as photovoltaic and solar panels to provide sustainable electricity and hot water.

“These renewable technologies will enable the restaurant to keep its carbon footprint to a minimum, resulting in a more efficiently run development.”

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