Fruit centre is top of the crops

Vision: An image of the finished building
Vision: An image of the finished building
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A Kirkham-based architects practice is “top of the crops” after plans to build a two-storey fruit and vegetable distribution centre were approved by Preston City Council.

The plans, proposed by Croft Goode Architects for Thomas Moss Fruit and Veg, will see the land at the former Oak Nurseries in Goosnargh developed to feature a fruit and veg preparation and distribution centre, with landscaping, parking and improved access.

The state-of-the-art new storage and distribution facility will maintain the sustainable approach that the company operates.

After purchasing fruit and vegetables from local farms, they are then prepared, packaged and distributed to local schools, restaurants and hotels.

The completed facility will create 10 new jobs in the process.

Owner of Thomas Moss, Anthony Morawski took over the family-run business in 2004 and is delighted to see his business grow.

Anthony said: “As our sales and production have steadily increased, we have outgrown our site at Dean Warehouse.

“The plans, drawn up by Croft Goode, are not just about gaining more square feet.

“The development will focus on creating a more efficient business with improved staff facilities that has a respect for the environment around it.

“The new plans will enable us to grow and package our own herbs which I’m sure will be an attraction for our customers.”

The scheme was developed through full consultation with the City Council.

Croft Goode architect John Bridge said: “We created a multi-functional, elegant and modern warehouse set in a rural setting.

“The scheme was designed to be sympathetic and make the most of the wonderful views in the area.”