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Greendale Construction Limited is a leading Chartered Building Company offering a comprehensive service, successfully delivering a wide range of projects across all sectors within the Dorset / Hampshire conurbation.  We undertake new build and refurbishment works for our clients by traditional, design & build and partnering procurement methods.  Project values range from £100,000 to £6,000,000. 

The successful candidate will –  Have a proven track record for delivering projects on time, to cost and meeting quality criteria.Have significant experience at senior site management levelHave excellent planning and organisational skillsBe dynamic, innovative and able to work on one’s own initiativeDemonstrate excellent motivational and communication skills.A relevant degree, HND or professional qualification would be an advantage, but not essential.Be IT competent An excellent package is offered.  This position would be a PAYE position.  

Please email your CV details to: recruitment@greendaleconstruction.com or write to: 

Maria Seabright, Finance & HR Director, Greendale Construction Limited, Unit 6 Old Generator House, 25 Bourne Valley Road, Poole, Dorset.  BH12 1DZ

Chestnut Nursery – Work in Progress

(Please scroll the bottom to read in chronological order.  New updates to this project will be posted at the top of the blog as the build progresses).

Update 15/11/19

Fantastic progress shots taken of Chestnut Nursery last week.  As we near our completion date, the site is unrecognisable and excitement is mounting for the re-opening!

Update: 19/11/18

As works progress, the underfloor, heated, power floated slab has been poured successfully.
We needed a window of dry and relatively warm weather to undertake this and started the pour on Tues 13th at 10.00am, with our fantastic concrete placement team not leaving the site until 6.30am the following day.

This is a very precise job involving catching the concrete set at the right time to power float the slab with specialist equipment (looks like an inverted helicopter!) Approx 60m3 of concrete was placed by pump from Ready-Mix lorries.
It’s great to get this critical item completed, and all is being protected now with hessian / poly and OSB to construct the Shop superstructure.

Update: 15/10/18

Things are moving well at Chestnut Nursery as the foundation concrete footing has been going in
and we’ve been preparing for the pour of the main underfloor heated slab for early November.

Chestnut Nursery – The start of a very exciting project for Greendale

01/10/18

We are delighted to get this fantastic and very worthwhile project underway for Chestnut Nursery in Poole, which will include an iconic new shop and improved nursery and grounds at the Kingland Road site.

 

The work carried out will include taking down dilapidated old buildings (above you can see the old greenhouses being demolished) and replacing them with a stunning new single storey shop which will sell a large variety of gardening items as well as offering improved learning opportunities for the volunteers working there.  Built using a combination of Purbeck gabion walling and chestnut cladding with timber glulam roof beams and metal roof deck.  The inside space will benefit from two, large elevated rooflights.  Automatic entrance/exit doors, and window/curtain walling will be installed using a combination of aluminium and wood framed glazing systems.  To help with green sustainability requirements an air source heat pump with electrical back-up will provide underfloor heating, keeping customers and volunteers warm during the colder months.

 

As you can see from the photo above, Chestnut Nursery is on a stunning site.

Behind the shop, there will be a further 743 square metres of retail hard standing and growing areas.  The new nursery will offer a more formal and cohesive experience for customers, and will provide a much-needed, safe and comfortable environment for volunteers working with the registered charity SWOP (Sheltered Work Opportunities Project) to work.

During the refurbishment, Chestnut will be operating a pop-up shop at 26 Kingland Crescent in Poole town centre where it will be selling a variety of plants and accessories, so please don’t forget to stop by!

Time capsule buried at Highcliffe Castle

A time capsule has been buried inside the oven of the kitchen at Highcliffe Castle – where we very recently completed the restoration of the Penleaze Wing. The Count Rumford Oven, which is no longer in working order, is part of the original kitchen layout and dates back to when the castle was first built in the 1830’s. The oven has recently undergone careful repair and preservation along with an Eagle range which is also situated in the kitchen.

The team involved in the restoration work decided that the oven would be an ideal place for a time capsule and would leave a legacy of the present-day.

The contents in the time capsule include: Castle memorabilia, castle literature and a short piece on the history of the castle as well as current money, photos of the project team who worked on the development of the East Wing, the current staff team and the team of volunteers.

Katie Ingham, Heritage Team Leader at Highcliffe Castle said, “We decided to mark this recent phase of the work to the castle by burying a time capsule for a future generation to discover.  This is an exciting time for the castle and its team and we are looking forward to the opening of the East Wing from early April onwards, with an official opening in late May 2019.”

This article was originally published at: https://news.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/2019/01/30/time-capsule-buried-in-oven-at-highcliffe-castle/

Digby Chambers, Bournemouth Town Centre

After a long tender process working closely with our client, PQS, it is really good to see this 13 week project for the refurbishment of Digby Chambers in Bournemouth Town Centre, commence.

Run by our Small Works division, the contract includes a roof renovation, parapet repairs, window replacements and decoration. Digby Chambers is located at a beautifully ornate town centre property, where we are managing and planning the works carefully, consulting and liaising with the neighbouring shops and outlets affected in order to keep inconvenience to an absolute minimum.

Highcliffe Castle – completed images of the newly restored Penleaze Wing.

We have recently completed a major 18 month renovation and restoration of Highcliffe Castle’s Penleaze Wing, which has seen the Grade 1 listed building have access opened up to parts of the castle previously impassable for over 50 years, since devastating fires and vandalism destroyed and cut off parts of the building.

The castle’s original kitchen dating from the 1800shas been reinstalled, with original stone floors being re-laid along with new concrete ground slabs.  Existing retained solid floors have been overlaid and new oak flooring to key rooms has been installed along with underfloor heating.  Existing exposed brickwork and remaining original wall and ceiling finishes have been carefully conserved.  Previously repaired windows and doors have been sympathetically overhauled and repairs to a remaining stone staircase have been skilfully completed. The works have also seen the extension of upper level stairs with timber, and the formation of 2 new lift shafts and 5 new or restored stairs.   A mezzanine level walkway has been completed, and new steel stairs extending to the first and second floor. The Castle has also benefitted from the installation of all new mechanical and electrical services to the Phase 7 areas.

Greendale’s renovation works also revealed a previously hidden well in the kitchen area, which has now been made safe and incorporated into the design of the completed works for public viewing.


New exhibition and activity spaces have been created along with a new conservation studio, opening in September 2019, which will now enable an internationally important collection of stained glass, originally started by Lord Stuart de Rothesay, to be restored and displayed.  The castle will also be able to welcome back some original pieces of Marshal Ney furniture from the Victoria & Albert Museum which was originally bought by Lord Stuart de Rothesay to furnish the English Embassy in Paris and subsequently brought to his own home at Highcliffe Castle.Paragraph


Greendale’s renovation works also revealed a previously hidden well in the kitchen area, which has now been made safe and incorporated into the design of the completed works for public viewing.






Rob Hooker, comented: “We are very proud to have successfully completed phase 7 of works at Highcliffe Castle. The new Penleaze Wing, East Tower and learning space over the dining area all have been completely transformed and made accessible, and will be open to the public in the Spring.”


A ‘thank you’ from Langside School

We were thrilled and humbled to receive a thank you from assistant headteacher, Nicola Priddle, on behalf of Langside School, to whom Greendale donated £500 in lieu of sending out company Christmas cards again this year.

Langside is a charity run special school for pupils aged two to 19 with profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex medical needs. The school provides a full sensory and therapeutic approach to meeting the needs of the pupils and helps them to achieve their full potential, with nursing support in every class.

Established in 1959, the school has a multidisciplinary approach to providing education and therapy support. It has a nursing provision, a speech and language therapist, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, orthopaedics plus paediatric, dietician and orthotics clinics on site, ensuring the children do not miss a morning or afternoon at school due to appointments. Hydrotherapy is also offered on site.

Nicola, said: “Thank you very much for your kind donation, it is so appreciated by us all as without the generosity of people and Companies such as Greendale Construction Ltd we would struggle to purchase all the much needed equipment and sensory toys our pupils need to achieve their potential.”

 

The pleasure is all ours, Nicola.  Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all staff and pupils at Langside School

 

 

 

 

Andy Musselwhite visits the Houses of Parliament with the FMB

Greendale contracts director, Andy Musselwhite, recently attended the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) tour of Westminster Palace with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).  The tour was aimed at enabling a better understanding the way Parliament operates in terms of the balance of power between the two Houses, and the role of the civil service.

Andy said: “The tour was very interesting and highlighted how important the work we do as part of the FMB policy groups is, in terms of supporting FMB submissions to Select Committee inquiries or government department consultations. The contributions of the FMB and its members go directly into forming government policy, and we have achieved important policy wins in the past as a result of this work.”

A new flyer for the Small Works Division

Check out the new flyer for our highly successful and dedicated Small Works Division covering all the various sectors for projects up to £500k.
We’re delighted that this division of Greendale continues to go from strength to strength, and with the whole Greendale ethos and resources supporting it, our clients know they can rely on the highest quality and service.
The Small Works Division is proud to be committed to delivering jobs on time, to highest quality, at the right price.

Greendale announces its chosen charities for 2019

The votes are in and we can now announce the three charities which will receive support and donations from Greendale for 2019.  Yes, you heard us – due to the voting being so close, we have decided that three charities will benefit from our fundraising efforts over the coming year.

The Dorset Children’s Foundation was set up in 2013 to improve the lives of local sick and differently abled children and since then they have donated over £500,000 to local children. They are a small, independent charity and fund medical expenses, mobility equipment and therapies not covered by the NHS. The DCF also grant life enriching experiences, to create special memories that last longer than a lifetime.

The therapies and equipment that they provide improve the lives of children with disabilities, over and above pure medical necessities and help to improve the quality of life for children so that they can gain better movement, overcome isolation, improve their self-esteem and play a larger part in the society around them, be that with family or at school. The DCF also provides a network of support for parents in a similar situation and sponsors accessible fun activities where everyone can join in, providing the opportunity for families to get together.

 

Greendale will be donating the money raised from our Christmas raffle & auction to The Dorset Children’s Foundation, which will be specifically going to a little boy called William. 

When William was born he was blue. After rescue breaths from the medical team he was breathing but oxygen levels in his blood were critically low. It was discovered that the main arteries of his heart were the wrong way round; meaning well oxygenated blood was going from his heart to his lungs but then straight back to his heart, deoxygenated blood was being pumped around the rest of his body and causing his other organs to fail. He was a very poorly baby indeed. His parents were told that a simple operation was needed to rectify things for William, but this was sadly not the case. More tests, more professionals and then the bombshell that he had suffered significant brain damage that affected the whole brain. Sadly, William’s condition is life limiting. William also has severe epilepsy. Every seizure poses a risk of further brain damage and due to his epilepsy being difficult to control he has lost many of the skills. Throughout all of this, William amazes everyone around him by the way he continues to try to be active and involved. Money raised would go towards funding for a block of Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy for William, along with a pair of supportive splints, called DAFOs, to help his feet and ankles develop a good position for walking and moving. The therapies will help him achieve the best range of movements and the most strength and coordination he can. This will help him enjoy his life as much as he can and for longer.

Please visit https://thedcf.orgfor more information about the charity.

 

Chestnut Nursery is the second project of the registered charity the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP). Based in the centre of Poole, it provides voluntary work for adults with severe and enduring mental illness. The project aims to improve mental wellbeing through the healing nature of horticulture.Research shows that, in any one year 25% of the population experience a mental health problem. Many of these people want and need to fill their time constructively, but feel unable to cope with the stresses and pressures of open employment.

 

Volunteers at Chestnut Nursery work in all aspects of the nursery, this includes: seed sowing, potting plants, serving customers in the shop, carpentry and construction work, as well as office and computer work. Through the use of therapeutic horticulture, the charity aims to restore mental well-being, and give purpose to people’s lives. Chestnut Nursery currently provides over 60 work placements and aims to give the opportunity to learn or relearn basic work skills.

We will be making a donation of £500 to Chestnut Nursery in lieu of sending out company Christmas cards to clients/business associates etc.  All proceeds raised from our annual Greendale Charity Cake sale will also be split between Chestnut Nursery and our third charity for 2019, Langside School.

Please visit http://www.chestnutnursery.org.uk/for more information about the charity.

 

Diverse Abilities provide services and support in a number of areas across Dorset, and the money raised by Greendale will specifically be going to  Langside School; a charity run special school for pupils aged two to 19 with profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex medical needs.

Langside school provides a full sensory and therapeutic approach to meeting the needs of the pupils and helps them to achieve their full potential, with nursing support in every class. The school was established in 1959 and has a multidisciplinary approach to providing education and therapy support. It has a nursing provision, a speech and language therapist, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, orthopaedics plus paediatric, dietician and orthotics clinics on site, ensuring the children do not miss a morning or afternoon at school due to appointments. Hydrotherapy is also offered on site.

The money raised by Greendale will be used for an outside play area replacing the current structure which is precarious in high winds and hard to maintain. The outside space is so important for the children as it gives them the opportunity of getting fresh air, vitamin D and an exciting learning environment.

 

 

We will be making a donation of £500 to Langside School  in lieu of sending out company Christmas cards to clients/business associates etc and all proceeds raised from our annual Greendale Charity Cake sale will also be split between Langside School and Chestnut Nursery.

Fishermen’s huts refurbishment at Swanage.

Over the past month, Greendale has been carrying out a refurbishment of the fishermen’s huts near Peveril Point, Swanage.  The huts, located next to new RNLI station, comprise of stone pointing, new doors, new electrical services, new block cross walls,  roof structure and coverings and redecoration.

The project has gone very well and as a result we are delighted to announce Greendale has just received further work on this site from our client.

 

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