Lagness Glasshouse - Oct 2010

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Lagness Glasshouse Whilst most sectors of the economy have suffered in recent years, horticulture and growing under glass remain industries where products are still being made, and are bucking the trend by experiencing strong growth. They also demand a high level of technical skill and command salaries above the district norm.

Kingsbridge Estates worked with a Nursery company to gain permission to build a second glasshouse site for their nursery business at Lagness, near Bognor Regis. The Chichester Plain site is ideally situated in an area of high natural light, which lengthens the growing season and reduces the need for fossil fuels, which are often used to heat glasshouses.

Kingsbridge worked with John Brown Architects and Pottinger Architects to develop an efficient layout to the site, eliminating the need to re-route ditches and disrupt hedges, retaining and enhancing the natural screening on the site. We worked with environmental, archeological and highways services, as well as other consultants, to put together this 30-acre scheme.

A prominent nursery company took a different strategic direction in 2009 and, as a consequence, Kingsbridge is in negotiations to lease part of the site to a local grower, proving that there remains a strong need for such space in the south.