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Westbourne refurbishment completed by our Small/Special Works division

We are delighted with this recently completed £85k, 14 week full refurbishment of a a property comprising of a shop, basement and spacious flat for our clients Cascade Property Developments LLP. The project was completed by our dedicated Small/Special Works Department, with the utmost skill and dedication, which echos the Greendale ethos across all we do.

The works involved:

The team also formed a dedicated entrance to the flats over the shop,
with a new shop front with brass features. Fire protection and compartment work was undertaken, and an acoustic ceiling between the shop and living area in order to solve any potential noise issues between the shop and private residence.

New mechanical and electrical work was undertaken throughout. Pointing to the front and part rear elevations of the building and the roof was given an overhaul.

The flat now benefits from a new kitchen, wet room and en-suite, whilst full decoration was completed throughout.
External improvements were made to the rear and new floor coverings installed. 

Greendale gets the keys to the Priest’s House Museum as work starts on exciting new project.

On Friday 7th June, Rob was delighted to be invited to the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne where, at the end of an exclusive live theatre event, Echoes of the Past, performed by the Wimborne Community Theatre, and Millstream Theatre Group, where guests had the chance to meet the various characters who have lived in the historic Grade II* listed building over the centuries, Emma Ayling, director of the museum, handed the museum keys to Rob as a symbolic handover and entrustment of the historic building prior to the start of a major refurbishment programme Greendale is carrying out.

Many of the funders, benefactors, trustees and volunteers associated with the museum were at the event. Staged in six different locations and in 6 different periods, the play really brought the important and interesting history of the museum alive.

The final scene, played out in the original shop area based in the early 1060s when Hilda Coles be-quested the ground floor of her property to the Elders of Wimborne Minster for them to open as a Living Museum and Community Hub, was acted out as a Wimborne Historic Society meeting, and it was at the end of this final segment where Greendale was entrusted with the keys to the museum for the next 10 months, adding another layer to the deep history of the building

The work carried out by Greendale will take us until February 2020, and will comprise of: Internal alteration works to this historic grade 2 listed building with alterations throughout the museum; minor refurbishment in some areas and full strip out and redecoration in others.
Front elevation will change with improved entrance facilities; new entrance to the museum and Tourist Information Office; new platform lift, ramps for access for all and new M&E.
New staircases will be created with new doors and refurb of existing, and partition glazed screens.

This is a High Street location with a tight site, and gardens to the rear and tea shop, but Greendale’s experience and expertise will overcome any logistical issues we may be faced with over the coming 30 weeks!

The extensive restoration work – ‘The Revival Project’ – is being made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, H B Allen Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Talbot Village Trust, The Foyle Foundation, Dorset Council, the former East Dorset District Council, The Pilgrim Trust, The Valentine Trust, The Georgian Group, Bloor Homes, Renaissance Homes, Teacher’s Building Society, The Civic Society and the local community.

A little piece of history nestled in the heart of Wimborne Minster…

The oldest parts of the grade II* listed building date to the 16th century; originally there would have been an open courtyard at the front, but it was enclosed about 200 years after the house was first built. Despite its name, there is no record of a priest living there, and the present name in fact appeared for the first time on an Ordnance Survey map only in 1889.

The property held some status in the late medieval period. From about 1687 it was occupied by John Bowdidge, a ‘gentleman’. For part of the 18th century the building was divided into four units, indicating a lowering in status of the property. The King family reunited the house in the mid 18th century.

Part of the building had been let to the stationery business run by the Low family. When John Low closed the business in 1872, he gave the eccentric instruction that the shop was to be boarded up and remain untouched until his death. When he died thirty years later, Tom Coles found and kept a range of items of Victorian stationery which in due course came to the museum. Among them were more than 350 Valentines which now form one of the best collections in existence and are regarded as of national importance. The room that was the stationer’s shop forms one of the displays in the museum.

From the second half of the 19th century, the building was mainly an ironmonger’s shop, taken over by Tom Coles from his father in 1899. Tom was born in the house and, in 1907, so was his daughter, Hilda. Hers was a lively, intelligent personality, but she saw it as her duty to help her father in the business and to take over the running of it on his death in 1953. In 1960 Hilda took the decision to close the shop and, having inherited her father’s passionate interest in everything connected with the history of Wimborne, fulfilled her long-cherished wish to make the building into a town museum. She worked in association with the Wimborne Historical Society, whose leading light, Sir Kaye Le Fleming, a local doctor, had deposited his collections at the Dorset County Museum on the understanding that they would be returned as soon as Wimborne had its own museum. That was achieved when the museum, consisting initially of just three rooms, opened on 31 July 1962.

The earliest section of the building is the stone-built L-shaped hall and north wing, and was possibly one and a half storeys in height. It was increased to two storeys and an attic, possibly in the early 17th century. The south wing is timber-framed and was added in the early 17th century. In the mid 18th century the courtyard between the two wings was in-filled, the ground floor today occupied by the museum shop. A brick-built single storey service/kitchen range was added in the early 18th century.

The name of the building is first recorded on an Ordnance Survey map of 1885. However, there is no documentary evidence to suggest that it was the house of one of the canons of the Minster Church.

We are thrilled to be involved in this exciting project, and look forward to bringing you updates via to blog and social media channels. Please do follow the Priest’s House Museum on their social media channels for further progress updates whilst the museum is temporarily closed for the renovation.

Priest’s House FB page

Instagram @priests_house_museum 

Twitter @priestshouse

The Priest’s House Museum Collections Trust is a separate charity and owns the collections

HRH The Duke of Gloucester Prince Richard, officially opens Highcliffe Castle’s East Wing

HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, has officially opened Highcliffe Castle’s Penleaze Wing, which we recently completed, and we were thrilled to be at the event to meet the Duke.

The Duke of Gloucester, who was previously an architect before taking over the Dukedom of Gloucester after the death of is elder brother, was accompanied by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, at the special private event. High Sheriff of Dorset, Mr Philip Warr, Cllr David Flagg, Chairman of BCP Council and Graham Farrant, Chief Executive of BCP Council welcomed The Duke back to Highcliffe Castle, following his previous visit in 2001 when the restored West Wing was officially opened.

After a tour, The Duke met the project teams involved with the restoration, including Greendale director, Chris Kane, and five other Greendale team members involved with the Highcliffe restoration, before unveiling a plaque commemorating the opening of the East Wing.

Official opening of Chestnut Nursery

A lovely event was held to officially open Chestnut Nursery, with Borough of Poole Mayor, Cllr Sean Gabriel, and Head of Trustees, Martin Stewart, along with heart-warming speeches which explained how and why the volunteers of Chestnut will have their lives changed by what has been created, and how to it will go on to help so many other hundreds of people over the next decade.

Scola reclad in Hampshire

Here are a few photos of the Scola reclad and extension project at Whitchurch Primary School that we are currently working on, as well as re-cladding work in Andover, which is all going very well so far.

Actor Timothy West CBE officially opens Swanage Pier and Marine Villas

Actor and Honorary Patron of National Pier Society, Timothy West CBE, officially opened Swanage Pier and Marine Villas at an event attended by Greendale director, Rob Hooker.

Rob said: “It was a great event with Tim West cutting the ribbon on the pier, a string quartet played and lovely food and drinks provided by the Swanage pier cafe.I

“I wasn’t lucky enough to have a good chat with Tim whilst we queued for the buffet. As well as being an Honorary Patron of the National Pier Society, and of course a well known and loved actor, Tim is a very keen historian and into boating and paddle steamers – the Waveley still docks at Swanage Pier. Many will have recently seen his programmes on canal boating with his wife, Prunella Scales.

“There was a lot of very positive talk amongst guests about the Marine Villas, which Greendale are immensely proud to have been involved with; restoring dilapidated old Grade II listed building back to its former Georgian glory, with a new exhibition space, shop, and café with a stunning glass extension.”

To read about Greendale’s work at Swanage Pier Marine Villas, click here

Greendale’s Stuart Harrison completes the London Marathon smashing his fundraising target for Diverse Abilities!

Huge congrats to our site manager, Stuart, for completing the London Marathon on Sunday in 4hr 28mins! Thanks to everyone’s generosity he smashed his fundraising target and has raised £2070 for Langside School, trough Diverse Abilities.

This is a huge achievement and in Stu’s own words, training was tough, but through his dedication and the donations raised, the money will go to Greendale’s chosen charity, Langside Side. Examples of just how much it costs to provide the necessary and caring services for the children and school are;

  • £35 funds an hour of hydrothrepy which aids development, prevents muscle deterioration and helps reduce pain.
  • £63 funds a days medical supplies.
  • £100 funds the entire nursing team for an hour! (3 nurses and 3 nursing assistants)

Stuart, said: “The day was fantastic and am honoured to have been part of this amazing experience. I want to say a MASSIVE thank you to all of those who donated and helped me exceed my £2000 target.

“I don’t have the words to describe the atmosphere this event has and you cannot help but be inspired by the measures some of the runners put themselves through in order to raise awareness and funds for all the various charities.

“Diverse Abilities is the only charity that supports children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities in Dorset. We cannot change people’s disabilities but, with your help, we can make their lives fun and fulfilled, giving them a future they truly deserve.”

Stuart presents cheque to Diverse Abilities

Thanks to everyone who sponsored Stuart we were able to present the cheque for £2,125.00 to Diverse Abilities!

Greendale win at FMB Awards

We are thrilled to have been awarded the Southern Counties Winner  in the Heritage Project for Shire Hall, Dorchester. To remind yourself of the project, click here to be taken to the project complete blog post.

A fantastic night at the event in Oxford – and well done to all involved with this stunning and rewarding project. We are really excited now to go into the National FMB awards which take place in London in Sept.

Greendale attend the Rock Star awards and announce Thomas Douris as winner of the ‘Inspirational Star’ 2019!

L-R: Angela Piromalli, Rise; Thomas Douris, Inspirational Star winner; Rob Hooker, Greendale Construction.
Photo credit Sebastian Saxena of S Sax Productions

We were delighted to attend the Rock Star 2019 Awards on Friday where Greendale was sponsoring the category of Inspirational Star.

The Inspirational Star award celebrates an individual with a story that inspires and enlightens, despite hardships they have faced in their own life.

The winner of this category, Thomas Douris, was very well deserved. Thomas was born with arthritis and had to have two hip replacements early in life. However, this only spurred him on to study occupational therapy, and one day he hopes to start up his own support network to help others like himself.

Thomas, said: “I want to also say a HUGE thank you to everyone at Greendale Construction – you really have changed my life and I am truly honoured to have been chosen by you. Thank you to listening to my story and believing in me when not many people have over my lifetime, so this really is the most incredible feeling. Walking on to the stage felt like my whole life was going in slow motion and i don’t know how i got the words out to accept my award!

“Thank you also to Angela and Fleur, and everybody at Rise who have made this award a reality. You guys are honestly all incredible and inspiring people and I will always be thankful for you all.

Thomas has great plans in the pipeline, and winning this award will hopefully highlight his achievements and future aspirations to a wider audience.

He explained: “I have a business plan which is going to be online based, and would benefit individuals with learning disabilities, and i have plans to expand to help others that have suffered from strokes and other medical conditions.

“I have the plan to make this a reality, and would be so grateful if there is anyone reading this who feels they are interested in this project and could assist with creating the business over time. I am still only in my first year of studying occupational therapy, but I hope to use this degree to establish knowledge to make the business a huge success and help a great number of people in doing so.

“Lastly, from reading my story and journey, I would like people to take this little piece away with them, and share with others my hopes. I would like people to start altering their perspective on the word ‘disability’, so that they no longer think of it as disability, but instead, as a gift. A gift that has allowed me personally to experience and see the world differently to others. A gift that has imposed endless challenges that have inspired me to work harder and stay motivated to achieve all of my dreams. A gift that not only inspires ourselves, but also inspires others to reach their own dreams. Thank you.” 

If you think you can help, advise or inspire Thomas with his future business plans, or to find out more, email him on – thomas.douris@hotmail.co.uk or connect with him through LinkedIn

All the nominees across the Inspirational Star category were outstanding and should be rightly proud of their achievement. To see such dedication and drive from such young people is inspirational in itself.

The Rock Star Awards is a fantastic award event which really highlights the up and coming talent across many industries which so often goes unsung.

Well done to everyone!

We’re Hiring! Are you an experienced site manager?

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

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