The Flower Bowl is an innovative multi-use leisure destination. This large activity centre sits alongside Barton Grange Garden Centre and Barton Grange Marina in Lancashire, Northern England, UK.
Barton Grange Group, which is run by the Topping family, exists for over 70 years. The company runs several award-winning garden centres, a 4-star hotel and a widely respected and successful landscape contracting firm.
Unique entertainment concept
Guy Topping is responsible for the Flower Bowl project and manages the business, “We are very excited about the Flower Bowl. This major new £8m development is a unique, high quality, entertainment and leisure concept aimed primarily at the more mature market. On a 4,200 m² floor area we have a four-sheet curling rink, luxury ten pin bowling, premium multi-screen cinema, crazy golf courses, state-of-the-art golf simulator, retail spaces and a choice of places to eat.”
The architects for the project were Worthington Ashworth Jackson Walker (WAJW). They faced several challenges in accommodating the large number of disparate facilities with potentially conflicting requirements in close proximity. WAJW Architect Alistair Williams: “The single greatest challenge was to master the complex geometry of the vast, undulating roof and to detail this in such a way that it could be accurately replicated on site.” It is hoped that the gently undulating grass roof will eventually have sheep grazing on it.