A MANUFACTURING merchant continued building for the future after opening a new arm to its business.
Covers timber merchants and builders’ merchants unveiled its new landscaping centre at its Chichester base, in Quarry Lane, on April 17.
Managing director Henry Green said the day was ‘fantastic and very well-received’.
“We had the mayor John Hughes come and open the new landscaping development and it was very well supported by our suppliers,” he said,
The opening follows hot on the heels of a new hardwood store in Quarry Lane.
“It shows further investment on the site,” added Mr Green, saying the site was hoped to be ready as soon as possible.
“At the end of last year we wanted to ensure it was up and running for this spring,” he said.
“It’s been designed by Covers’ landscaping team, built by us and really has a mix of contemporary products along with traditional landscaping materials.”
The team at Covers has been busy for 2015.As well as working on a new landscaping centre, it has been involved with important work at the newly-developing Graylingwell Park.
As reported in last week’s Observer, April has seen the unveiling of the new community lodge next to the Graylingwell Chapel by the Chichester Community Development Trust.
As part of this, Covers helped with the cost of materials for the new community centre.
“We’re a long-established firm and obviously like to play a role in the local community,” said Mr Green.
His words were backed by Martyn Beck, depot manager at Covers, in Chichester.
“This is a fantastic local project that is set to really benefit the community and provide a much-needed resource for young people and families locally,” he said.
“Supporting the community in Chichester and helping young people gain experience to help improve their chances of employment is very much part of our company.”
The timber-framed building was originally situated in Woking, prior to being donated to the Chichester Community Development Trust before being dismantled and transported to the site.
Timber, plasterboard and decking were some of the discounted materials provided by Covers.
Students from Chichester College and unemployed people looking for work experience contributed their time free of charge to help with building, install plumbing and electricity and decorate the centre, which opened on April 11.
Speaking of the more recent unveiling at Covers’ headquarters, Mr Green said the team had a lot to be proud of after all its hard work.
“We think it’s pretty unrivalled along the south coast,” he said.