New installation at Tesside Retail Park


We are beginning the first phase of a major project at Teesside Retail Park, transforming the shopping experience into a fun day out for the whole family.

Working with landscape architects Macgregor Smith, we are reintroducing nature to the outside areas of Teesside Retail Park, implementing designs inspired by the landscape, wildlife and industrial history of the surrounding areas.

The designs include soft artificial turf and play areas for children, sculptures and the introduction of semi-mature trees native to the local area, with the aim to create an outdoor space that all the family can enjoy, whilst providing easy access to the shopping areas.

Having had a long-standing relationship with Macgregor Smith, Gavin Jones is the recommended installer of Macgregor Smith’s designs for retail parks. The two companies are working together on numerous projects including at Fosse Park Shopping Centre in Leicester and Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre in Edinburgh.

Darren Hardman, regional contracts manager at Gavin Jones, says: “We recognise that family time is valuable and wanted to create a space that offers families the opportunity to interact and bond. Retail parks and landscaping are now trending towards being family-orientated spaces and we are determined to lead the way.”

Robin Hutchinson, lead architect at Macgregor Smith, adds: “Connecting with nature is essential in the early years of your life. We are trying to foster that as much as possible. “In urban and industrial environments, there are less opportunities for families to access parks and open spaces than in the countryside. We hope that our design will bring families closer to nature and perhaps help them to bond as well.”

Disruption has been kept to a minimum by part of the work being carried out on night shifts while the shops are closed. Darren and his team are also working closely with all trades and suppliers onsite, empowering all present to make suggestions and get actively involved with decisions on the ground.

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