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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.”

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

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


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!


Project Complete!

Everyone involved with this outstanding and highly worthy project are delighted with the end result. The images speak for themselves!

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.”


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