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The Shire Hall, Dorchester.

Updated 30/11/16



Take a look at this ingenious system for digging out at Shire Hall  to create a ticket office for start of the Shire Hall tour.  Two conveyors filled via hopper with fumeless mini digger and a small dumper at road level picks up the spoil through small basement window.

Lots of chalk, stone brick prints and fill etc to remove in the 3rd week of this project, but works progressing well.

Digging-out unearthed this key and chemist’s bottle.






The grade 1 listed Shire Hall is located in High West Street, Dorchester.  Shire Hall was designed by the London Architect, Thomas Hardwick, and constructed in c. 1797 on the site of a previous Shire Hall. It is a reserved classical building built in one single phase to house a Nisi Prius and a Crown Court with cells below. The building has been extended and altered over time the overall dimensions and many of the architectural features of the entrance hall, staircase hall and Grand jury room have survived. The court room was last used in the mid 1950s. In the 1960’s a civil defence / nuclear bunker complex was constructed at basement level.  Shire Hall held the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in1834 which led to the birth of the trade union movement, and the Author, Thomas Hardy, was also a magistrate at Shire Hall.



Shire Hall is undergoing a major renovation and refurbishment after being awarded £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which was match funded by West Dorset District Council, and Greendale Construction will be carrying out internal and external refurbishment of Shire Hall, including a new roof, new passenger lift, new incoming water and gas services, as well as internal and external redecoration throughout, and all new mechanical and electrical services. The project also includes the construction of a pair of two-bed residential apartments within the upper floor areas of the building.  A new visitor reception, shop and cafe will be constructed at basement and lower/ upper ground floor levels within the building.



Due to open in Spring 2018, Shire Hall will be a world-class heritage attraction, which will be run by the Shire Hall Trust. Visitors be able to explore the historic cells and courtroom and there will also be changing exhibitions, events, and a lifelong learning programme. The works will conserve the Grade I listed building while enabling people to discover its 200 years of history.



 For more information on the Shire Hall Project Trust, visit: https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/shirehallproject

The Priory Hotel, Wareham.


More stunning shots from the site of this beautiful hotel.








Set in this stunning location on the River Frome, Wareham, The Priory Hotel is small, luxury, country house hotel steeped in history. With open views across the river and of the countryside, the hotel is much sought after by those wishing to enjoy the comforts and ambience of a quintessential English country house hotel.

Greendale Construction Limited has commenced work on an extensive £580k, 30 week build and refurbishment project on The Priory, Wareham, which will see the historic riverside hotel updated and transformed by spring 2017.

We will be constructing a new restaurant at the Grade 2 listed hotel, creating 60 covers, as well as a new kitchen, preparation and servery. The new restaurant will be a modern single storey open-plan structure on Purbeck stone plinths with clay roof tiles running at a 90 degree angle to the main building down towards the river Frome. The oak roof trusses will create a vaulted ceiling with oak clad weatherboard walls and large glazed areas onto covered walkways.

Greendale Construction and the design team are working very closely with the listed building and planning departments as well as an arboriculturist, to ensure the new extension does not damage existing flora and fauna, or the historic remains of the priory.


The photos below show the site very early this morning (24th Nov) waiting for the concrete pour.  Works are progressing well with blockwork to start next week.




Spectacular Harbourside Property nearing completion

This stunning property over-looking Poole harbour has been a very interesting property to work on involving painstaking research and dedicated teamwork in order to source high spec environmentally friendly materials.






Take a look at how this build has progressed:







The house is being nominated for an FMB award, and we will be releasing more details and case study photos soon.

Below are some shots showing progress of this build.





Ethan Burney’s Wishes is announced as our charity of the year


We are delighted to announce that the charity we will support for the next year will be Ethan Burney’s Wishes.  Little Ethan was born with a rare condition, Aarskog syndrome,  which is severely affecting his eyesight, feet and legs. He has had to endure a number of operations on his feet and legs, but that doesn’t stop him supporting his favourite football team  The Bournemouth Cherries!


There are only 12 known cases of this Aarskog syndrome in the UK and 3 of those are Ethan and his 2 older brothers. The syndrome has left Ethan with very slight autism and very poor vision. Sadly, he is likely to lose his eyesight completely by the age of 10. Mobility problems are also part of his illness and he finds walking, and especially running, a huge and tiring task. However, he doesn’t let this stop him taking part in his favourite sport, football, and he is AFC Bournemouth’s number one fan! Ethan has so far had 3 operations to help move his legs and is due to have a further operation soon with a doctor flying in from America especially to help him. Due to the severe pain in his legs, Ethan only manages 3 to 4 hours of sleep a night however he doesn’t let this affect him and is a bubbly, happy and kind child. His family are trying to make as many happy memories for Ethan before his sight deteriorates further and this is where we will now be able to help.


Ethan has a list of wishes and we have decided that any money raised by us at the Greendale Christmas party will go towards treating Ethan and his family to a holiday at Center Parcs which is one of the items on his list! Ethan will be able to relax with his family, take part in lots of activities and enjoy his own hot tub – something which we are told by his mum is really good for the pain in his legs. Any additional money raised after this can then be put towards other items on his wish list.

Greendale will be raising awareness and funds through a number of events for Ethan over the next 12 months, which we will keep you updated with and hope you can join in with your support.

You can follow Ethan’s Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/ethanswishes/

Or pledge via the Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/EthanBurneywishes




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