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Progress shots of Highcliffe Castle

 

Works continue to progress well 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.

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.

 

Restoration works and repairs in progress

Restoration works and repairs are progressing well to the sitting room wing of this beautiful property.

 

Highcliffe Castle – Great to be back!

We are delighted to be back 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.

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.

 


Please do check out the Castle’s website and blog where they are also blogging regular updates here 

 

Sunshine for our Small Works department as they finish off Sandbanks beach huts

After battling some miserable and extreme weather conditions for the past 6 weeks, our Small Works team were all smiles when the sun finally shone as they put the finishing touches to the beach huts at Sandbanks.

Our diligent team have worked through continuous rain, wind, and very un-springlike weather to get these ready for the start of the season.  Rotten timber has been replaced, new timber doors, re-cladding, and shiny new glass balustrades installed.

 

Ocean Automotive Volvo Cars Showroom re-opens after extensive Greendale refurbishment

We were delighted to be invited to the launch of the opening of the new Ocean Automotive Volvo Cars showroom on Ringwood Road, Poole.

The 28 weeks transformation has seen the Volvo Cars dealership benefit from a complete interior fit-out with office areas upgraded, new workshop equipment, curtain walling, glazing, and new mechanical and electrical installations, including air conditioning, throughout.  Externally, there has been hard and soft landscaping, including a full roof replacement.

Spooky goings-on at Shire Hall!

Check out this BBC Radio Solent link interview where Hayley Redmond chats to Greendale’s Project Manager, Simon Copping, about Shire Hall and the spooky goings on!  To read about exactly what we have been doing at Shire Hall click here and read our latest blog post which shows before and after pics of this recently completed project here.

Click here for the BBC Radio Solent piece on Shire Hall 

 

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