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Dec 6th - Many sites closed for staff training

05 December 2017

GBC will be holding it's annual staff training event on Wednesday 6th December and Thursday 7th December.
Unfortunately, this will mean that the majority of our display centres are closed all day on the 6th and for the morning of the 7th.

This training event is just part of our commitment to ensure that our customers receive the best service, from the most informed staff!

During this time, you may not be able to reach us on the telephone - but if you have an urgent request, you can email us on We will try to get back to you quickly on the day of enqiry.

Posted by Matt Cook

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How to Build a Shed Base?

09 November 2017

A good base for your shed is vital, as a poorly built base, or no base at all, can drastically reduce the lifespan of your shed or garden building. We have put together these simple instructions on how you can build a slab base for your shed or garden building that will keep your building in great condition for years to come.

Wondering which size shed is best for you? Please click here to view our range of quality garden sheds or here to view our range of tool sheds.

Step 1: Prepare the Area

Prepare the area where you want your building by measuring out the size of base you need, then start digging to your preferred depth. A 50mm deep layer of hardcore topped with sand is recommended. Create your concrete mixture by mixing four parts sharp sand (or building sand) to one-part cement. Use a trowel to lay the mixture onto the base. Do enough for one slab at a time.

shed base area being measured and prepared

Step 2: Lay the First Slab

Carefully lift the first slab and lay it on top of the concrete mixture

shed base area being laid with the first slab

Step 3: Level the Slab

Use a rubber mallet to tap the slab into position. Take care not to crack the slab. Use a spirit level to check that the surface is flat and level from all angles.

shed base area being levelled

Step 4: Repeat for Each Slab

Continue to lay the slabs whilst checking that the slabs are flat and level with one another. If the slabs are rocking it is best to pick it up and re-lay the slab.

shed base area being completed

Step 5: Leave the Base to Set

Leave the base to set for 24-48 hours before walking on the slabs or having your new building installed.

shed base completed

Step 5: Enjoy your New Building

Enjoy your new garden building for many years to come!

playhouse on shed base

A slab base is the simpliest and easiest way to get a solid base ready for your shed or garden building. These instructions are a great starting point but if you would prefer this work to be completed for you, please don't hesitate to get in touch and we would be glad to help you locate a suitable contractor in your area.

Posted by Dominic Cross

Record Artwork at GBC Livingston

25 July 2017

Record Artwork

If you're looking for a novel way to brighten up a garden room, how about making use of some of those old vinyls you've got stuffed away in the attic. Lets face it, the day is never going to come when Kylie's "Locomotion" will need to be played! Lizzie at our Livingston branch has put together this very quick guide on how you can acheive this stylish result! The Nordic Guernsey at Livingston received this treatment recently and we think it looks great!

Items you will needWhat you'll need:

  • Kettle
  • Silicone heat resistant/oven glove
  • Washing up basin or sink
  • Cup or small bowl (preferably one with a small base)
  • Vinyl records, singles or LP’s



How to do it:

Record bends with the heatStep 1:
I've given my vinyl’s a little clean (please don’t judge my taste in music as mine were acquired from a skip!)

Step 2:
Pop the kettle on…maybe make yourself a wee cuppa while you’re at it!

Step 3:
Place the mug or bowl upside down in the basin and position the record centred on top. Pop your glove on too at this stage as we don’t want any blistered fingers!!

Step 4:
Pour the boiling water over the record until it starts to soften.

Step 5:
Quickly place the palm of your hand on the centre and use your fingers to create the waves. Steps 3 & 4 may take a little practice but practice makes perfect…right?

Step 6:
Leave to dry and there you have it!

For something a little different why not use them as party food bowls, they’re ideal for crisps and nuts.

Used as a snack bowl


Posted by Matt Cook

Robinsons Radley makes a big impact at Wilmslow display centre

19 June 2017

This stunning 25ft x 10ft Robinsons Radley has recently been installed at our Wilmslow display centre, 'wow'-ing customers and garden centre staff alike!

Robinsons Radley greenhouse on display at Wilmslow display centre

The Radley greenhouse is a fairly recent addition to the Robinsons portfolio (introduced in 2017) and is available in a range of colours and sizes. The front porch area is a real feature of this building, giving it is distinctive appearance and separating it from other greenhouse models.

This 9'7 x 24'11 model is on display in a pastel sage finish and the entire build took 4 days to complete, for two experienced fitters.

The Radley is just one of many quality greenhouses on display at this location.

Posted by Matthew Cook

Come and see us at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2017!

15 June 2017

GBC and Nordic at the NECFor the second year running, GBC are working with Nordic Garden Buildings to display a range of uPVC summerhouses and garden offices at the Gardeners' World Live show.


This year, we are displaying two of the very popular Madison Corner buildings. These have proved a massive success with our customers during 2017 as we're looking forward to sharing it with the audiences of the show.


Also on display are the Manhattan garden office and Evia pavilion. Both buildings are incredibly furnished and look fantastic on the NEC show floor! We'd love to show you these buildings in person, so if you're attending the show, be sure to come and see us at stand G285.

GBC and Nordic display stand

Nordic display stand at Gardeners World Live

The BBC Gardeners' World Live show is a fun-filled weekend for all of the family in Birmingham. Learn from experts and indulge your passion for gardening at the NEC from 15-18 July.

Gardeners World Live 2017



Posted by Matt Cook

How to grow the perfect sunflower

17 May 2017

We recently asked a couple of our green-fingered staff (Steve and Rob from our Chesterfield branch) for some advice on how to grow the perfect sunflower. Here's what they had to say...


The Perfect Sunflower

First of all, decide which type of sunflower will suit your garden. Not all sunflowers are giants, some are quite dainty, reaching no more than a couple of feet tall. Not all sunflowers are yellow, there are varieties which bear a deep red flower.

Having decided to grow for height and display, or something to suit the garden scheme, the initial step is to select the right seeds. Here’s where quality counts. Some folk swear by harvesting their own seeds from last year’s successes, but these can have variable results. For the sake of a few pounds it’s worth investing in fresh seeds from a recognised source.

The next step is to sow the seed. Again, don’t be tempted to scrimp by using last year’s compost, or any old garden soil. Commercial potting compost is formulated with nutrients and feed for seedlings and young plants. Water the compost, and wait for those seedlings to appear!


One of the secrets to growing large, healthy plants is to “pot on” young plants. Move them on into bigger pots as soon as roots can be seen at the bottom of whatever pot they are in. Bigger pot equals more compost, equals more feed, equals more water available. Never let your sunflowers dry out – look out for wilting leaves. Be aware that it’s a long way up a tall stalk to nourish the growing tip of a sunflower!

Protection from extremities of the weather is ideal. If you can keep sunflowers in a sheltered spot, preferably a greenhouse, until placing them in their position of glory, all the better. If this isn’t possible, then ensure that the plants are firmly staked with a tall enough bamboo cane to prevent wind damage.

Sunflowers can, of course, be grown in the garden soil directly where you want them to flower. The potential drawbacks to this approach are weather problems, soil issues, garden pests, and quite often damage from pets!

Whichever way you choose to grow your sunflowers, we hope you get as much pleasure out of them as we do!

Posted by Matthew Cook

Does a Log Cabin make a great photo studio?

05 May 2017

Log Cabins have long been used as summerhouses and garden rooms. Double glazed with optional floor and roof insulation, means these buildings can be used all year round. Our customers have found many uses for them, and none more so than a recent customer who ordered through our Huntingdon branch.

Daniel, who runs and owns Iceworks Photography (Facebook - @iceworksphotography) has been looking for a home studio to expand his business, and he opted for a 20ft x 13ft Raseborg Log Cabin. The Raseborg is under 2.5m in height - which is generally great for UK planning regulations.

Log Cabin Install 1

Log Cabin Install 2

As you can see, the installation went smoothly and soon he will be able to offer family portraits, fashion and modelling shoots and many more services. What a great place to work!

Posted by Matt Jordan

Finding a quiet corner in your garden

27 April 2017

One of our customers recently got in touch to share some images of their new Malvern Studio Corner garden building. I think we can all agree that the landscaping job looks great - it seems like such a great place to spend a summer afternoon! The Studio Corner Pent provides shelter from the colder evenings and plenty of light throughout the day. I can just imagine what it would be like to be working in there this summer!

Malvern Corner Studio in a garden setting

Landscaped customer garden

Malvern Corner Studio Pent in a garden setting

Posted by Matt Cook

[VIDEO] Watch a Nordic summerhouse installed

16 March 2017

Watch our brand new Nordic Melbourne Pavilion installed at our Hagley display centre. 

All of our Nordic garden buildings are installed as standard! 
A team of expert fitters will install the majority of buildings in a day, but some of the larger models and sizes can take a little longer.All they require is a firm and level base to install - such as a concrete paving slab base, as seen in the video.

But why else invest in a PVCu garden building? Apart from a quick installation?

Firstly they are maintenance free, just the occasional clean will have your building looking as new as first bought.

You can work from home - save yourself time and money spent on rent or travel by working in the comforts of your own garden!

Wine and dine with your friends and family - Nordic have long been promoting the benefits of 'Hygge' and the scandinavian term describes a feeling of contentment and well-being - what better way than surrounding yourself in the open view of nature.

With it's all important thermal benefits, you can even start growing some exotic fruit and plants. Nordic's PVCu greenhouses and orangeries offer the perfect environment.


Posted by Matt Jordan

Brand new Nordic models installed at GBC Livingston

11 November 2016

GBC Livingston have been the first GBC display centre to recieve the brand new Nordic Manhattan and Nordic Madison garden buildings. Here's what our staff member (James) had to say about it: 

The Nordic installers arrived on Monday morning to build all of our new Nordic buildings. They made great progress as usual, despite the very Nordic weather they brought with them! They finished the stunning new "Manhattan" model within the day! This model is 12' x 8' and is one of the best garden buildings I have seen. The quality, fit and finish is perfect, as with the rest of the Nordic buildings. It's an amazing structure!

GBC Livingston - Nordic Manhattan garden building display

Later in the week, the Madison model was installed. 

The new Nordic Madison corner building has been finished here at Livingston and it's a stunner! There is so much light and with those huge doors it's a very airy building. It's something different to our range. Brilliant!


GBC Livingston - Nordic Madison garden building display


Posted by Matt Cook