Barton Grange’s £8m Flower Bowl looks set for 2017

An artist's impression of the Flower Bowl, at Barton Grange. Due to be built by Autumn 2017.
An artist's impression of the Flower Bowl, at Barton Grange. Due to be built by Autumn 2017.
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Building work for an £8m project for Barton Grange, which includes a three-screen cinema, restaurants and an ice rink, is targeted for an autumn start.

The Flower Bowl, a multi-purpose leisure complex, is to be built at Brock on the A6 near Garstang, and will create more than 80 jobs.

The plans were revealed two years ago but after amending the project, it’s set to go ahead.

Hoping to open only the second curling rink in the whole of England, Garden Centre MD, Guy Topping, who is in charge of the development, says he hopes to have it open in 2017.

He said: “As always when you’re developing something on this scale, you have new ideas and want to make changes as you go along.

“We decided we wanted three cinema screens, to provide more film choice, and we wanted to add some high tech golf simulators. So the plans have been amended slightly and they’re now with Wyre Borough Council.

“We’re still planning to start work this autumn with a view to opening in autumn 2017.”

There will be two restaurants in the development, one of which will be a Fish and Chip restaurant, and there will be an Ice Cream and Coffee Shop with bosses hoping to attract a mature market.

“This is a major new development which will bring much needed entertainment and leisure facilities to the area,” said Guy.

“We’re particularly excited about bringing curling facilities back to the north of England after a long absence. Our curling rink will be used by club curlers, social curlers and, we hope, local schools. Our intention is to develop a Centre of Excellence and maybe even discover and train some future Olympians!”