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The Greendale 25th anniversary celebratory BBQ

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We celebrated 25 years of business with a fantastic BBQ for all our amazing employees and their familes at The Orangery Suite.  Here’s to another 25 years and a huge thank you to everyone who has been part of the Greendale journey!

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Greendale complete major conversion of Wareham old magistrates’ court.

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We are delighted to have completed this major project which saw Greendale converting the old Magistrates’ Court in Wareham into a new manufacturing and administration building for leading radio tracking and radio tag company, Biotrack Ltd.

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The £550k project consisted of a complete strip out; making good of external structural steels, and insertion of internal steelwork internally to enable the building to have a 1st floor built where at present the courts are from ground floor to roof level.

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All new windows will be added and the building insulated externally and finished with render and cladding, getting rid of the mix between brick and stone.

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Each room was up-graded to suit its new purpose and decorated throughout. New bike storage has be added to the car park and new disabled access added to the rear entrance.

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With over thirty years’ experience, Biotrack Ltd, is a leader in the manufacturing of radio tags and radio tracking, having produced over 100,000 tags for over 1,000 species since 1990. The company currently have an output of 10,000 tags per year supplied to over 110 countries.

 

Maria and Will speak at the Houses of Parliament for the CITB’s ‘I’m Backing Apprenticeships’ launch.

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HR/Finance Director, Maria, and carpentry apprentice, Will Spriggs, were honoured to address the guests at the CITB ‘I’m Backing Apprenticeships’ launch at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.  Greendale founding Director, Rob Hooker, also went along to support them at what was a very special occasion.
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The reception brought together apprentices and employers from across the country to Parliament in order to celebrate the work they do supporting Apprenticeships and to get MPs to support employers and schools through greater engagement in their constituencies to boost Apprenticeships.
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The CITB demonstrated  how they are backing Apprenticeships through new initiatives and working at a regional and local level across the country working with employers  such as Greendale.

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Alongside with CITB Board members, representatives from across the industry were in attendance alongside policy makers and training providers.

Also in attendance were Nick Boles, MP for Minister of State jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education, Henry Bellingham MP, and James Wates, head of CITB.

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Maris’s speech focused on:
 – The importance of apprentices and the skills shortage faced in the future without training them now.
–  Experience & advantage of Apprentices; 25% of current workforce at Greendale joined as apprentices, pointing out that many of these have gone on to be senior SM’s with us.
– Apprentices are eager & keen to learn
– MP’s should help raise profile of apprentices in construction sector as we need to educate the educators. Construction is not just an industry for naughty or less academic students, a perception which is an outdated view but sometimes still heard.
– The wide range of careers within the industry; not just trades but also PM, SM, QS, CM’s.

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Will also took to the stand to talk about his experience as a 2nd year carpentry apprentice at Greendale.  Will talked about how he did very well academically at school but wanted to train for his future career in a more hands-on trade. Will explained about how during term time he spends one day a week at the local college studying towards his NVQ and diploma level 2. He will then follow on to do his third year at college and achieve his level 3.  Will expressed to the guests that he felt education alongside experience is the way forward and allows people to get the most out of time spent while working.  He feels that his carpentry apprenticeship will open up many wide and varied opportunities for his future.

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Both speeches were heartfelt, inspiring and informative, and hit a cord with all the attendees – many of whom tweeted congratulations and snippets of the speeches on social media alongside photos of Maria & Will.
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Greendale Grafters Rise to the Challenge!

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We have a brave and daring (and a little bit crazy?!) team taking part in the Tough Mudder Challenge this year, and all to raise money for The Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund. The Greendale Grafters, made up of Stuart Harrison, Dave Neil, Chris Loader, Chris Riddle and Will Spriggs, will be heading to Winchester on Saturday 26th September 2015 to take part in the team based challenges. These include crawling along the mud-coated ground with barbed wire overhead, navigating through hazards in a (safe) tear gas-like filled structure, and swimming under 20 metres of cage with only inches of breathing room!

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We think you will all agree that’s some challenge, and with that in mind, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/greendale and give as generously as you can to encourage our fantastic Greendale Grafters and raise loads of money for the wonderful Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund.

To find out more about the Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund click here.

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Greendale successfully complete impressive gym extension & refurbishment at the Littledown Centre

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Greendale Construction Limited has successfully completed a major renovation and refurbishment of the gym and leisure areas at The Littledown Centre, Bournemouth.

The work consisted of converting existing first floor offices into two dance studios, and building an extension to the ground floor gym. The existing gym was refurbished to provide a large, spacious, open plan gymnasium to house the latest in high-tech exercise equipment.

The work also included conversion of existing offices on the ground floor into a larger open plan office.

The ten month project was completed over seven phases with the Littledown Centre remaining operational during that time.

Greendale Construction director, Chris Kane, said: “We are delighted to have completed the Littledown gym extension and improvements to existing facilities. It was a pleasure to work for Bournemouth Borough Council and BH Live on this project which saw Greendale successfully negotiate the logistics of working in a busy ‘live’ environment where the continued smooth running of the venue is not compromised by the improvement works being carried out.”

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Maria Seabright to speak about apprenticeships at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.

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Greendale’s HR/Finance Director, Maria Seabright will be attending the CITB ‘I’m Backing Apprenticeships’ reception at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 16 September 2015. Maria will be taking along one of our apprentices, Will Spriggs who is an apprentice carpenter, and founding Greendale Director, Rob Hooker.

The reception will bring apprentices and employers from across the country to Parliament to celebrate the work they do supporting Apprenticeships and to get MPs to support employers and schools through greater engagement in their constituencies to boost Apprenticeships.

CITB will also demonstrate how they are backing Apprenticeships through new initiatives and work at a regional and local level across the country working with employers like such as Greendale.

Alongside with CITB Board members, representatives will be in attendance from across the industry, along with policy makers and training providers.

Also in attendance will be Nick Boles, MP for Minister of State jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education.

Maria will be presenting a short speech immediately after Nick Boles, talking about Greendale and all the work we do supporting training and apprenticeships. She will explain the key relationships Greendale has with other companies and organisations involved with training, and how to get more young people into training and apprenticeships. Will has also been asked to deliver a short speech covering his experience, why he chose an apprenticeship, how he is finding it, the positives he sees in it and any thoughts he has on what the attitude towards apprenticeships and construction was at his school and the careers advice he received.

This is not the first time Maria has been invited to the Houses of Parliament to discuss Greendale and apprenticeships, and she is delighted to have been asked back, along with Will, to contribute to the CITB’s event.

Greendale continue work at Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne.

L-R: Dave Berry, QS/CM; Greg Norman, carpenter; Charlie Saunders, skilled operative; Stuart Harrison, Site Manager.

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Greendale are currently at Yeatman Hospital, Dorset Health Care University NHS Foundation Trust, Sherborne, working on the upper floors of the original hospital building, forming a new Ophthalmology unit.

Greendale Director, Rob Hooker commented: “This challenging project is going very well and the Greendale team are carefully managing works to cause the least inconvenience to the staff and patients within this busy hospital.
We are on target for end of Oct 15 completion.”

 

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