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£1770 raised for Bobby’s Future at the Great Greendale Bake-Off!

Wow!  What a day!  Thank you to each and every one of you who came to buy cakes at Greendale HQ yesterday, and to those who ordered cakes to be delivered.  To everyone who made cakes for us to sell, and those who took part in the raffle and helped us raise so much money for the 3rd year running for a very special little boy.  We are humbled and thrilled with the number of people who helped us help Bobby by raising an astonishing £1770.




From all at Greendale, thank you so very, much for all your support!

Roof repairs to St Phillips Church

St Phillips Church, Bournemouth, is benefiting from these roof repairs – just in time for the winter!


Greendale returns to Poole Methodist Church to continue the Sea Change Project; ‘The Spire.’


We recently returned to The Spire in Poole High Street where we are commencing phase 3 of the Poole Methodists’ development, ‘Sea Change.’

The Sea Change project has seen the Poole town centre church transformed into a community hub where local charities and organisations can work together with the church to provide facilities and services for those in need.

Having commenced the latest works on 14 May, we will be working on the main worship area of the original church above the phase 1 works completed in 2016.  Insulation, plastering, acoustic panelling, carpentry works and electrical and mechanical services will be carried out.  There will also be a complete fit-out of the first floor to the new extension we previously built during phase 2, which will involve partitioning, M&E services, plumbing, carpentry works and a lift installation.

This is a project which benefits the whole community, and we are working with a live building below us that is in full use all the time, so had to instal a large birdcage scaffold to access the high-level works in the worship area.  The scaffold is approximately 6 metres high and has some 400 scaffold boards.  Although logistically this is a tricky contract at times, due to the prominent and central location, Greendale site manager, Pete Marks, says, “it’s nothing Greendale is not used to, and we look forward to completing in early December.”




Join us for ‘The Great Greendale Charity Cake Sale’ – Monday 17th September

It’s that wonderful time of year again when we ask you to come and support us in helping raise money for one of our chosen charities – by buying and eating scrumptious cakes, homemade jams and marmalades!  It’s a hard ask, we know 😉

This year, The Great Greendale Charity Cake Sale in aid of Bobby’s Future, will be held at our offices on Monday 17th September.  Last year we raised an amazing amount of £1,600.00 for Bobby with this annual event, and it would be fantastic if we could top that again this year. More information about this amazing little boy and his wonderful family can be found at the bottom of this post.


The cakes never fail to impress – our extended Greendale family bakes exceedingly good cakes.  And the delicious homemade jams and marmalades are made by director Maria herself!


If you don’t have time to stay, we will be providing cake boxes for you to take cake away with you.  You can even pre-order if its easier – and if you really can’t make it, we offer a local delivery service to bring the cakes to you!


We all look forward to welcoming you on Monday 17th September and hope you can help us raise these much needed funds for Bobby’s Future!

A little bit about Bobby…

On 11th May 2013, Jay and Leanne Griffiths welcomed their beautiful baby boy, Bobby, into the world. When Bobby was born he was motionless and very floppy. He was rushed out of the delivery room but returned soon after and his parents were told he was ‘just a lazy boy’.  However, it was soon noticed that Bobby wasn’t feeding and had to be syringed milk. Mum and baby stayed in the paediatric intensive care unit for 6 weeks whilst tests were run. Bobby was subsequently diagnosed with Chromosome 14q Deletion Syndrome and Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disorder (GORD). Bobby is constantly in and out of hospital and has undergone numerous surgical procedures. No one can be sure what the future of this diagnosis will be but it is expected that Bobby will have learning difficulties and be physically disabled although they are not able to say to what extent. Chromosome 14q Deletion Syndrome is a rare condition and it is believed that there are only 12 other known cases of the condition with the oldest child only being 15 years old. Bobby is now 2.5 years old but still very much like a baby and totally dependent on his devoted mum and dad. Bobby can’t support himself at all and is fed via a pump which is running 24 hours a day and feeds straight into his bowel.  Bobby vomits and gags up to 20 times a day and through the night which is a constant worry for those closest to him. Bobby has to have 24/7 care and has to have continual suction so that he doesn’t choke. As Bobby is growing up it is becoming harder for his parents to carry him around their home and it is therefore necessary for them to start looking at modifications and installing a hoist for him. It is unknown what other equipment he will need as he grows but it is likely their home will need to be altered further to make life as easy as possible for him. Jay, Bobby’s dad, is a local policeman and because he is working Bobby’s family are given minimal financial help towards his care and these alterations, so they therefore rely on local fundraisers and events to help towards making these changes and providing him with the equipment that he so desperately needs.

Please visit http://www.gofundme.com/bobbysfuture to read more about Bobby and his condition.

St Dominic’s Priory, Sway

We are involved with an exciting new project for St Dominic’s Priory in Sway where we will be building a new priest’s house.


Latest shots at St Dominics show the progress to the roof.


These photos show the cut roof going on in the glorious heatwave last Thursday.


We were delighted to welcome Eric Scott, Relationship Director from Lloyd’s Bank to the site (above) to show him around and discuss the project.

The house is being built on top of a derelict swimming pool. New foundations have been built off the base of the pool.  The Priests House will be a traditional build made up of beam and block floors, blockwork walls, tiled pitched roof.  Externally, it will be lime rendered with oak framing to mirror the adjacent chapel. PV panels and solar thermal panels will fitted flush within the tiled roof for sustainable energy recovery.

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.


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.

Swanage Pier Marine Villas – on the final stages!

We are so excited to bring you these photos as we near completion of this fantastic project which will see the 190 year old building restored and turned into a new visitor centre and café.

The grade II listed Marine Villas is a Georgian villa which originally contained new, fashionable cold salt-water baths, but was soon converted into a private dwelling.  Although Swanage Pier itself has existed since 1859, the current pier was opened in 1897, with the Swanage Pier Trust acquiring it 1994.  Government funding has previously enabled repairs to the pier structure itself, and now, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Community Fund, Dorset County Council, Purbeck District Council, Swanage Town Council, trusts and foundations, a major restoration project has commenced, of which, Greendale will undertake a general refurbishment of the existing two storey Marine Villas.

The works will include; construction of a new partially glazed structure extension, forming a new seated cafe area; internal structural alterations to facilitate the construction of new toilets, a commercial kitchen, and a platform lift to first floor office accommodation.  Sympathetic repairs and alterations to the structure of the building will take place, with the introduction of load bearing glass floor panels in order to allow the viewing of the historic saltwater baths below the ground floor.  New joinery fittings and doors, reception, exhibition spaces and a shop will be created, as well as a complete redecoration internally and externally.  Alterations and an upgrade of existing electrical and plumbed services throughout the building will also be completed, and new paving outside.

The external toilet block will be having minor structural alterations to allow for the formation of new disabled toilet facilities, with internal layout configuration changes to provide modernised male public toilets, including drainage alterations, new sanitary ware, electrical and piped service alterations.  A new doorway will be formed through external solid stone walls to provide access to toilets.


Greendale’s Andy Musselwhite appointed to the BSG Board of Directors

The Building Safety Group (BSG) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Musselwhite from Greendale Construction to its Board of Directors.

Andy brings a wealth of experience to the BSG Board, having worked at Greendale for the last 14 years, where he is the company’s Contracts Director. Andy is also the Director responsible for Health & Safety at Greendale and is involved with Construction Excellence South West.

In 1999, Andy achieved a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and became a member of CIOB, receiving Fellowship Status in 2009.

Greendale renovation, Shire Hall, wins Dorset Echo Award!

We are absolutely thrilled for Shire Hall who have won the Dorset Echo Award in the best business development or innovative idea category!

Greendale helped transform Dorchester’s Shire Hall into the an educational, multimedia experience, which now takes visitors on an historical journey with some of Dorset’s most notorious and iconic characters and events.


Funded in part with a £1.5 million Heritage Lottery Grant match funded by West Dorset District Council, the Grade 1 listed building, which dates back to 1757, went through a very complex 73 weeks of renovations starting in October 2016.


As  result of the renovation, Shire Hall is now more equipped to welcome visitors requiring assistance thanks to the installation of a lift which serves all public access floors. Additionally, the old stairs to the dock have been carefully strengthened, and existing doors widened for wheelchair access.  Stairs to the basement cell area have also been made accessible for all via the installation of a powered ‘flexistep’ lift.



Rob Hooker, director at Greendale Construction, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Shire Hall on this amazing award.  As main contractors, the whole Greendale team felt honoured to be working on such an iconic and historic building, and making a positive difference for its long-term future. The success of the project was down to collaborative working of all involved, and we wish Shire Hall Courthouse Museum every success so as future generations can visit and experience its rich history.”




Greendale announced as finalists for the South West Built Environment Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce Greendale has been shortlisted for the South West Built Environment Awards in the category of SME of the Year 2018.

Returning for the 11th consecutive year, the awards reward the very best in the South West built environment, and will take place at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol  on 22 June 2018.

The awards are recognised as being in a class of their own; celebrating best practice combined with great entertainment and an effective platform for networking.  Having gained traction over the previous decade, the awards have continued to grow year on year, and the 2018 awards are set to be the biggest event yet, with over 500 industry figures in attendance.


We are particularly pleased to have recognised as a contender for SME of the Year, as an important ethos of Greendale Construction, is that our staff are our biggest and greatest asset.  In this respect, we believe we stand out from the crowd through our amazing work force.   We have very little movement of labour, and encourage and promote from within, so all can reach their full potential.   We train at all levels –  from school work experience placements, apprenticeship schemes, graduate professional qualifications and specialist sectors.


So many other organisations are involved in Greendale’s success as a business, and we would not be where we are today without our great relationships with architects, structural engineers, web site providers, accountants, quantity surveyors, contract administrators, health and safety advisors, PR providers, and other outside agencies such as Bournemouth Property Association and the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.



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