Ruxley Manor’s brand new Lifestyle Area.

Ruxley Manor’s brand new Lifestyle Area.

In 2002 cousins Andrew and James Evans took over Ruxley Manor garden centre as the 5th generation of their family to take over the running of the business. The garden centre had continually evolved over the years, however it was following a large fire in 2009 that signified the start of a more progressive redevelopment of the business. 

In 2016, the team at Ruxley decided to invest in creating an extensive new gift and lifestyle department covering everything from gift and homeware though to clothing. To create the initial designs and floor plans for the new department Ruxley enlisted the help of design house Pleydell Smithyman, who teamed up with Stagecraft to fine tune unit designs and carry out manufacture and installation.

In order for the project to work close communication between all parties was essential to ensure design brief and timescale was adhered to. Designers at both Pleydell Smithyman and Stagecraft were meticulous in ensuring brief and style was fluent throughout the entire department. Pleydell created each unique design concept which Stagecraft then transformed into practical and workable units. Subtle theme and display variations were used to separate categories, increase engagement and to direct customer flow giving customers a relaxed and pleasurable shopping experience. 

The modern revamp encompassed some of the latest trends in garden centre design, using a mixture of chunky timber, metalwork and mixed finishes to create a modern country look. For Stagecraft carrying out this project was a great test of their interior capabilities, previously specialising more in exterior benching they were able to showcase their ability to create a wide range of complex interior units, within a strict timeframe and to an exceptional standard.

With their new lifestyle and gift department along with an extensive nursery, restaurant, pet & outdoor living area, barbers and many more, Ruxley is a destination garden centre not to be missed.

“We were looking for a shopfitting company that could give us something different, that could work with our ideas and concepts and bring them to reality, I wanted someone flexible and willing to try new ideas, new materials and new things. I was also working to a very tight timescale so I needed someone that could commit to this project and that I could rely on to deliver. Stagecraft achieved in all these areas, we completed the project on time and were open for the key Christmas trading period. I am thrilled with the new department and the sales we are now seeing from it, it is fresh, easy to shop, inspiring and works well for both customers and team. I appreciate the input, the flexibility and the speed that Stagecraft worked and I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone looking for a shopfitting company.” Andrew Evans, Managing Director, Ruxley Manor Garden Centre.