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Poole Methodist Church – a stunning transformation in Poole High Street

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We are delighted to be able to bring you these stunning shots of the completed Poole Methodist Church building.

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Named, ‘Sea Change – The Poole Methodists’ Development Project;’ the high profile church sees over 10,000 people walk past its doors every day. The completed work on the church, in Poole’s busy High Street, has opened opportunities for more people by offering new and improved facilities and an inviting place to gather at the heart of the community.

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The work carried out by Greendale Construction included creating offices for use by outside organisations; rooms for meetings, consultations and interviews; a child friendly environment; baby change and adult change facilities; catering services; IT room and function halls.

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Greendale Construction Ltd Contracts Director, Andy Musselwhite said: “Due to its prominent and central High Street location, the Poole Methodist ‘Sea Change’ project was a very tight site, causing logistical challenges at times, although nothing Greendale is not used to. We have had a lot of interest from the general public walking past the site and enquiring about the works, particularly when we had a large crane on site.  We are delighted with the completed works and everything it will bring to the people who wish to make use of the fantastic facilities.”

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An End of Year Round-Up from The Board of Directors at Greendale Construction

Greendale host their 25th Anniversary celebrations at their headquarters. photo Nick Free. 16-6-15. Maria Seabright (finance and HR manager) Andrew Musselwhite (contracts director) with company directors Rob Hooker and Chris Kane

The Board of Directors are pleased to report that in its 25th financial year Greendale Construction Limited has achieved a great set of results which have fully met our business growth plans. On all measurable financial markers we have improved. Operating profits are up, turnover has increased by 33.1% and this represents our highest volume of work ever undertaken in one financial year.  Although the market is still tough we have seen more confidence and opportunities across all work sectors.

In-line with planned company growth,  staff appointments have increased – in particular, strengthening our small works division and contract / QS / estimating management resource. We currently have two graduates and three carpentry apprentices training with us.  We plan to take on more trainees and apprentices next year.

Investment in training is at an all-time high and we really see the benefits of this by having a well-trained and committed workforce.

 

We have had many highlights on the project front and have completed a diverse range of jobs across our sectors.

Commercial

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Poole Methodist Church, completion of phases 1 and 2 – new build community rooms extension to rear of church and the continuation of the internal refurb and alterations to this landmark late Victorian edifice in the heart of Poole High Street.

Blandford Brewery Extension for Hall and Woodhouse – a hugely important “anchor” project for us this financial year and one which went very despite all the technically and logistical challenges.

Fermenting vessels at the Hall & Woodhouse, Blandford Brewery project.

Fermenting vessels at the Hall & Woodhouse, Blandford Brewery project.

Littledown Centre Gym – We undertook a large extension and internal alterations and improvements over 7 phases keeping the existing busy centre open through -out the build programme.

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Conversion of the Old Wareham magistrates court buildings into new offices and manufacturing base for Biotrack Limited.

Biotrack's new HQ at the Greendale Construction Ltd renovated former magistrates' courts, Wareham

Units 2 & 3 Tower Park Poole – external and internal maintenance and improvements to enable new lease.

West Point Westbourne – major repairs to apartment block

We are very pleased to have commenced two new industrial units:

Ballie Gate, Sturminster Marshall, comprising new 10600ft2 warehousing split into 5 units for Birchmere Group.

Warehouses and Offices at Christchurch:  12900ft2 for Stewart Garden Centres split in to 2 no large units with offices.

Education

We undertook two projects in the year for Bournemouth University external repairs to the Old Fire station and M&E improvements at Studland House.

 

Our links with Hampshire County Council continued apace where we completed SCOLA Re – clad and roofing projects at Aldworth College Basingstoke and Priestlands School Lymington.

Health

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A busy year undertaking various health sector projects. We completed 3 refurbishment and enabling projects at St Anns’s Hospital, Poole for local NHS Trust. We have successfully carried out office co – location projects at Blandford Community Hospital and Westminster Hospital, Shaftsbury. We constructed a new ophthalmology centre at Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne  and have just embarked on a cluster of maintenance projects at various locations throughout Dorset.  We have also recently commenced the extension and refurbishment of Sway Surgery for the New Forest Central Medical Group.

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We are very proud of the stunning new build house, ’Woodlands,’ constructed near Devizes and designed by renowned Architect Peter Thomas de Cruz.  Greendale also undertook a complete refresh, remodel and renovation of a large apartment at Little Fosters in Poole.

Small works

Another successful year of growth for this division which is going from strength to strength. Numerous refurbishment, maintenance and new build project sub 250k across the region undertaken by dedicated small work teams.

Electrical

Our electrical division has had a steady and successful year.  They undertake all our in house PAT testing and contracts offering a full NICEIC electrical installation service for external clients, and where applicable,  our in-house projects.

Interiors

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Very proud of what we have achieved at The Kitchen, Poole Park:  A fast track remodelling of an existing restaurant building on the shore of Poole Park,  including the creation of external alfresco eating area and new scoops ice cream parlour.

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Greendale are undertaking shell works converting the Old Main Weymouth Post Office building into two restaurant outlets.

Poole Accident Repair Centre – a front of house refurbishment for reception, waiting area, and staff and welfare facilities.

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On the CSR front Greendale’s has had another full and worthwhile year. We have supported many school and college events with motivational speeches, workshops and prize giving.  Site visits have been organised so that students can see first-hand the build process taking shape. Maria Seabright has been invited to the Houses of Parliament on a number of occasions to sit on a Board representing SME’s within the Construction Industry Training Board [CITB] advising on apprenticeships and commenting on the upcoming apprenticeship levy. Following on from her success as a finalist in the CITB Personality of the Year Award,  Maria was asked to speak along with  one of our 1st year carpentry apprentices, Will Spriggs, at the CITB, “I’m Backing Apprentiships,” event at the Houses of Parliament. Both speeches were very well received, being heart felt, inspirational, and with a strong message.  Maria is also our Director link with the Federation of Master Builders.

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Rob Hooker continues his work with the CIOB and the Chartered Building Company / Consultancy scheme chairing the Employers Engagement Committee and reporting to the Business Development Board.

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Andy Musselwhite promotes and attends the Construction Excellence South West events and as Director in charge of Health and Safety, collected the Building Safety Group award for member of the year for Greendale Construction; recognising our efforts to strive for a safer workplace.

Greendale host their 25th Anniversary celebrations at their headquarters. photo Nick Free. 16-6-15. Paul Collins of Westover Jaguar with Greendale Director Chris Kane

Chris Kane actively involves himself in the wider business community as Greendale’s Business Development representative with the Bournemouth Property Association, Business South and Dorset Business. Chris sits on the Dorset Employment and Skills Board.

Rob Hooker (centre) with Alex Lovell, BBC Points West presenter & RICS host for the evening & awards presenter James Wakeham, NHS Property Services.

Rob Hooker (centre) with Alex Lovell, BBC Points West presenter & RICS host for the evening & awards presenter James Wakeham, NHS Property Services.

 

We were pleased to be finalists of the Dorset Business Company of the year awards. We received the RICS Community Benefit Award for our ECO Lanterns Workshop project. We were also delighted to have reached gold accreditation for Investors in People on our review this year, and were for the first time represented as finalists for the CIOB Construction Manager of the Year awards for the Blandford Brewery Project. We were also finalists in the Rock Awards for “Rising Star and Star Company of the year.”

Our employees chosen charity was ‘Amelia’s Rainbow’ and following on with the success of last year’s Macmillan Coffee and Cake morning we held another this year which was well supported and raised much needed funds for this charity. We continue to sponsor the Big Little Theatre Company. This year we also sponsored Bransgore Beer Festival and the Summer Family Day at The Littledown Centre.

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More intrepid staff formed the ‘Greendale Grafters’ team to raise money doing a gruelling Tough Mudder event with proceeds going to our charity of the year.

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Greendale’s highlight this year was in June, when we celebrated our 25th anniversary.  The momentous event was held in our newly refurbished offices where we invited clients, customers and design teams we have worked with over the years, to join us to celebrating and thanking them in helping us reach this great milestone. We also had a great 25th Anniversary celebratory Family Day at the Orangery Suite and Gardens Merley for all our staff, partners and families.

Conclusion

We face next year with a feeling of pride and solid optimism on al that we have achieved so far and what we still wish to achieve.

Our reputation is everything and we look forward to enhancing that by continuing to professionally deliver the highest quality work, on time, and give the good value that we have built the Greendale name on.

Finally, the board gives a huge thank you to all our hard working staff for their efforts again this year which has been our best to date. Our people are our greatest asset and we are proud and pleased on what we have achieved together in our 25th year. We look forward to an exciting and profitable 2016.

Greendale hands over Christmas gifts to Ashley’s Birthday Bank

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We were delighted to be able to hand these goodies over to Ashley’s Birthday Bank.

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Ashley’s Birthday Bank help underprivileged families in the East Dorset area.  One in five children in Bournemouth live below the poverty line according to shocking statistics just released.  Ashley’s Birthday Bank provide birthday presents and a mini crisis service (bedding, food parcels, toys, clothing, nappies, baby equipment etc) throughout the year.  This Christmas they are helping around 800 children and their families facing poverty, who are currently in local refuges, mother & baby units or have been referred to us by Children’s Centres or local Schools.

Ashley’s Birthday Bank Christmas appeal has received tremendous support from local Companies, including Greendale, and individuals, and as a result are able to support all the families who have been put forward for help this year.

Jo Kennedy (Chairperson and Trustee) said: “Thank you so much to Greendale Construction for collecting an amazing amount of gifts, toys and food items for our appeal.  We are able to provide Christmas gifts, not only for the younger children, but the teenagers too.  We will also be making up food parcels for some of the families, and you have enabled up to do this.”

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We are looking to recruit a Design Manager – could you fit the post?

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DESIGN MANAGER

 

Greendale Construction Limited is a leading Chartered Building Company offering a comprehensive service successfully delivering a wide range of projects across all sectors.  We undertake new build, refurbishment works for our clients by traditional, design & build and partnering procurement methods.  Project values range from £200,000 to £5,000,000.

 

We are seeking a Design Manager for our large construction site based in the centre of Southampton.  This position would be on a temporary contract/freelance basis for this design and build contract.

 

The successful candidate will –

 

  • Have a proven track record for co-ordinating all design elements of the project. Working with local authorities, structural engineers, architects and our clients ensuring that we comply with the employers requirements.
  • Have significant experience in contracting design management
  • Have excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Be dynamic, innovative and able to work on one’s own initiative
  • Demonstrate excellent motivational and communication skills.
  • A relevant degree, HND or professional qualification would be an advantage.
  • Be IT competent.  An excellent package is offered. This position could either be PAYE or on a self employed basis.
  • Please send your CV details 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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Bobby’s Future announced as Greendale’s chosen charity 2016

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It’s that time of year when our wonderful staff vote on which charity Greendale will raise funds for and support over the 2016.  The votes are in and we are delighted to announce that Bobby’s Future will be our charity for the next 12 months.

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.

 

 

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