Dobbies Garden World, Livingston, West Lothian

The Dobbies store in Livingston was the first place we worked with the company on their brand-new store format. It’s close to Dobbies’ home base in Edinburgh, and so the perfect place to introduce the new, environmentally responsible design.

The structure for the building is a timber glulam frame. It’s as beautiful as solid timber but can be used more flexibly in large and complex projects. It gave us the flexibility to choose external cladding which maximises the natural light within the store throughout the day.

For the exterior, we chose a few simple materials, including timber and dry-stone cladding. These create a comfortable atmosphere for customers, putting them in mind of the natural features of their own gardens and outdoor spaces.

We were delighted with the outcome of the project, as were Dobbies, and their customers. As such we have continued to work with the company on many new developments and redevelopments of stores across the UK.

Client: Dobbies Garden Centres Plc
Status: Completed February 2011