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Greendale – The Next Generation

It’s been a busy start to September at Greendale HQ with our new apprentices and trainee all enrolling at Bournemouth and Poole College. We would like to welcome Liam who is our new Painting & Decorating Apprentice, Sam who is our new Carpenter Apprentice, Cameron who is our new Bricklaying Apprentice and Will who is our new Trainee Quantity Surveyor / Contracts Manager. Liam, Cameron and Sam will be undertaking their apprenticeships and working towards their NVQ Level 3 in each of their chosen trades. Will is starting his 2nd year at College working towards his HND in Construction. All trainees/apprentices have designated mentors who came will a wealth of experience to pass on. We welcome them all to the Greendale Team.


The Great Greendale Bake Off 2017

Greendale Construction are once again holding a homemade cake and jam sale on Monday 25th September between the hours of 9am and 3pm. All proceeds from this fantastic event will go to Bobby’s Future, more details of which can be found by clicking on the below flyer. Please do join us and help raise funds for this amazing little boy and his family. Last year we raised over £1000 and we would love to achieve the same or even more this year. Too busy to pop in? Let us know and we can box up some cake for you to takeaway along with a freshly brewed coffee. Please do share this event and help us make it a huge success!

Work Completed at Keyneston Mill

Greendale Construction have recently handed over this unusual project in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Director Rob Hooker attended the Open Day at Millgarden Keyneston Mills nr Blandford. Marvellous botanical gardens for home grown perfumes set in a beautiful location on the River Stour. We wish the Millgarden team with David and Julia every success in their venture.

Small Works Division at Poole Dolphin Centre

Works have started at the Dolphin Centre, Poole. Our Small Works Division are overseeing these enabling works for the replacement of the escalator within the Centre. This is a five week project with the new escalator being in-situ and commissioned by 13th October 2017. Works consist of extending the pit to the escalator and making good the surrounding floor surfaces.


Rock Star Awards

Greendale Construction is extremely proud to be sponsoring the Inspirational Star Award at this year’s Rock Awards. This award is to recognise and acknowledge young people who have overcome certain hurdles in their life and have still been able to achieve academic or career success or made a difference to others. Finance & HR Director, Maria Seabright said “At the 2015 awards ceremony, we were impressed with the exceptional talent recognised on the night.  Although we didn’t win an award we wanted to get more involved with the Rock Star Awards this year to help recognise more wonderful young people.’’

In August we met with our shortlisted nominees and got to hear their stories. We were totally amazed by the people that we met and in awe of all that they have achieved. It was an extremely tough decision to select our 4 finalists but we finally got there and we’re now looking forward to the Awards in October and announcing our winner!

Work Begins at Highcliffe Castle

We are thrilled to have been chosen to carry out the next phase of works at Highcliffe Castle. The project, which was commenced earlier this month, is a renovation and refurbishment of the East Wing and is phase 7 of a planned programme of work to upgrade and improve The Castle. Works will include the repair and renovation of the internal building fabric, new oak flooring to key rooms, repair of remaining stone staircase and formation of new lift shaft and toilets. We will bring you further updates as the work progresses.

Listed Building has major refurbishment

On Friday we were delighted to hand over this fantastic restoration project in the centre of Bournemouth.

This complex job had many challenges, not least being a listed building in a very congested town centre site.  It really improves the Westover Road street scent and will of course stand the test of time as a refurbished structure that gives life back to this area of town.

Huge thanks go to Shelly Davis – Small Works Manager and Mike Letch – Site Manager, who have delivered this remarkable project.

Handover Achieved at Christchurch Hospital

Yet another successful project handover for our Small Works Division.  A great external works project for the NHS Trust at Christchurch Hospital.

Thank you to all the team involved in completing this complex project – working in a ‘live’ hospital car park provided us with lots of challenges.

Well done to Shelly Davis – Small Works Manager, Nigel Dyer – Site Manager and also to Gavin Wareham and his team at Groundway Civils who have done a fantastic job for us as main subcontractor on this project.



Successful completion at The Priory Hotel

As main contractors for the this project at the beginning of the week we were delighted to be invited to an opening event for the new restaurant and kitchens.


The finished job looks amazing.  It enhances the hotel and offers diners great views over the hotel, lawns and river beyond.


Greendale completed the project on time and to budget.  The use of many natural materials in the construction make the new blend with the old.  The listed existing hotel property and surrounding walls had to be carefully protected whilst we constructed the new building.

Construction wise we overcame the challenges of working in an operational environment in a tight congested site.  The building is founded on piles and sits on a part beam and block part RC plinth elevated slab.  This is clad in Purbeck stone with pedestrian areas also in Purbeck slabs.  The green oak frame is positioned on Purbeck stone stylobates.  The roof which is vaulted on the inside has clay tile covering, matching well with the existing. The shallower kitchen roof is covered in pre-weathered zinc.  The window and full height sliding doors are in oak.

The eaves sections have exposed rafters and create a covered walkway around the perimeter of the building.  The clamped structural glass balustrade protects the drop but allows clear views from the restaurant.  Gutters and down pipes are in powder coated metal.  Externally the superstructure is clad with bespoke Oak boarding.  The kitchen are is highly serviced and has its own cold store. The restaurant is heated by means of an underfloor heating wet system.

The finishes, lighting and internal soft furnishings were designed by Jeremy and Jackie Merchant, who are the hotel owners, and make for a high quality relaxing feel to the dining room.

We had a great collaborative relationship with our client, architects Reg Ellis and QS Andrew Bird from Brading Butt.  Our thanks also go to Pete Marks, Site Manager and Chris Cave QS/Contracts Manager who have delivered this project for Greendale.

Rob Hooker, Greendale Director, said  “I was blown away by the finished project.  The attention to detail and quality of finish and build are excellent.  We wish the Priory Hotel and its new restaurant every success in the future”

Annual Greendale Construction Golf Day

The annual Greendale Construction Golf Day took place on Saturday 3rd June at Moors Valley Golf Course.

Overall winner was Chris Loader, Assistant Contracts Manager/QS, who scored 37 points.

Second place was Edgey from Purdy Decorators who also scored 37 points but lost on countback.

Nick Curr from Greendale Construction won nearest the pin in one

Nearest the pin in two was Stuart Harrison, Site Manager Greendale Construction

And longest drive was Mike Compton from MIRI

Winner of lowest score and worst bottle was Kyle Ricketts.

A great day was had by all.  Thank you to everyone that took part.


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