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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.

Swanage Marine Villas – exclusive preview event

It was fantastic to be invited to attend the exclusive preview event at the Swanage Marine Villas, where the
shop, museum with aquarium, and cafe are now fully open.

The historic attraction is very popular with high ratings on Trip Advisor.

This was a really busy event and terrific showcase for us.  You can check out the work we did as it progressed by viewing  blog posts here and here.  To read the press release, click here

Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth.

At Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth, we’ve  completed a refurbishment of a large industrial building, plus offices and large external lorry and car parking areas (3.97 acre site + 0.97 acre car park).

Formally a distribution warehouse for over 25 years, the building is now ready for a new tenant.


The works included; strip out of existing offices and old warehouse installations; new roof covering and gutter lining; complete replacement of mechanical and electrical installations, new lift, replacement dock levellers and industrial doors, cladding and curtain walling refurbishment, new office fit out, sprinkler remodelling and re-commissioning, removal of lorry wash and reinstate, car park refurbish.

Chestnut Nursery – Work in Progress

(Please scroll to 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: 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


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!

We’ve retained our Investors in People GOLD standard!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have retained our GOLD certificate from Investors in People (IIP).

Achieved by only 7% of Investors in People accredited organisations, this is an accolade of which we are very proud, having demonstrated that Greendale, as an organisation, is going above and beyond to ensure our organisation succeeds.

The IIP Gold Award illustrates that high-performing leaders within the Company are making work a more rewarding experience and understand how to put people at the heart of their vision, enabling them to use their talents to achieve it.  Understanding the dynamics of good people management, and the obvious connection between rewarding, enjoyable work and high performance, is key to an organisation’s success.  As we have always said at Greendale, our employees are what makes us the success we are.

This is a huge achievement and one of which we are rightly proud. Our thanks go out to all our employees who have helped make this achievement possible.



The Building Safety Group 2018 Awards – another win for Greendale!

Congratulations to Greendale site manager, Simon Copping, who has been awarded ‘Site Manager of the Year’ for his role during the Shire Hall, Dorchester, project.

The Building Safety Group held its fourth annual Health & Safety Awards ceremony on Wednesday November 7th at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Grove, Oxfordshire.  The commemoration is held to mark members’ achievements and excellence in work-related health and safety performance.

The day also included keynote speeches from two high profile industry speakers: Steve Hull, who is a Principal Inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Richard Voke, who is a Partner at Ashfords. Steve discussed recent HSE prosecution cases as well the common health and safety issues encountered during site inspections.

This is a fantastic accolade and well deserved recognition, and not only for Greendale and Simon, but also for Dan Hawker, who was assistant site manager at Shire Hall, and of course, all the team who worked so hard during this fantastic project.


Progress shots of Highcliffe Castle

Check out our progress at Highcliffe Castle where we are working on the seventh phase of an 18-month building project for Highcliffe Castle, which will see the grade 1 listed building’s Penleaze Wing fully restored, the castle’s historic kitchen reinstalled, as well as the creation of new exhibition and activity spaces.

Posts are added chronologically, so please scroll to bottom if you have missed earlier updates.


In the final stages now as the lighting is installed, highlighting the well, which was unearthed during the works.  A glass cover makes the well safe, yet still enables visitors to have a peek and let their imaginations run wild thinking about how the well was used and even who might have met their maker plunging to their deaths!

Further images show how this project has very cleverly managed to renovate rooms not seen in many years, making them bright and accessible, yet still retaining the character of this amazing Castle.


Latest progress at Highcliffe Castle show some rooms are now ready for flooring which will go down next week.



These latest shots show the original flagstones that have being taken up for under floor heating to be put in and then relaid in the original design.


Update: 11/07/18

Works continue to progress well at Highcliffe Castle.

Working  closely with Christchurch Borough Council and architects Rodney Melville and Partners, the repair and renovation works will include; the relaying of stone floors and new concrete ground slabs; overlaying of existing retained solid floors, with new oak flooring to key rooms; conservation of existing exposed brickwork and remaining original wall and ceiling finishes; overhauling previously repaired windows and external doors; repair of remaining stone staircase, and the extension of upper level stairs with timber; formation of 2 new lift shafts and 5 new or restored stairs; completion of a walkway at mezzanine level, and extending with new steel stair to first and second floor. All new mechanical and electrical services are being installed the Phase 7 areas.

A new conservation studio will also be created allowing an internationally important collection of stained glass to be restored and displayed. The castle will also welcome back some original pieces of furniture which are currently held in storage by the V&A.


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