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Fishermen’s huts refurbishment at Swanage.

Over the past month, Greendale has been carrying out a refurbishment of the fishermen’s huts near Peveril Point, Swanage.  The huts, located next to new RNLI station, comprise of stone pointing, new doors, new electrical services, new block cross walls,  roof structure and coverings and redecoration.

The project has gone very well and as a result we are delighted to announce Greendale has just received further work on this site from our client.

Swanage Marine Villas – exclusive preview event

It was fantastic to be invited to attend the exclusive preview event at the Swanage Marine Villas, where the
shop, museum with aquarium, and cafe are now fully open.

The historic attraction is very popular with high ratings on Trip Advisor.


This was a really busy event and terrific showcase for us.  You can check out the work we did as it progressed by viewing  blog posts here and here.  To read the press release, click here

Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth.

At Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth, we’ve  completed a refurbishment of a large industrial building, plus offices and large external lorry and car parking areas (3.97 acre site + 0.97 acre car park).

Formally a distribution warehouse for over 25 years, the building is now ready for a new tenant.

 

The works included; strip out of existing offices and old warehouse installations; new roof covering and gutter lining; complete replacement of mechanical and electrical installations, new lift, replacement dock levellers and industrial doors, cladding and curtain walling refurbishment, new office fit out, sprinkler remodelling and re-commissioning, removal of lorry wash and reinstate, car park refurbish.

Chestnut Nursery – Work in Progress

(Please scroll to the bottom to read in chronological order.  New updates to this project will be posted at the top of the blog as the build progresses).

Update: 19/11/18

As works progress, the underfloor, heated, power floated slab has been poured successfully.
We needed a window of dry and relatively warm weather to undertake this and started the pour on Tues 13th at 10.00am, with our fantastic concrete placement team not leaving the site until 6.30am the following day.

This is a very precise job involving catching the concrete set at the right time to power float the slab with specialist equipment (looks like an inverted helicopter!) Approx 60m3 of concrete was placed by pump from Ready-Mix lorries.
It’s great to get this critical item completed, and all is being protected now with hessian / poly and OSB to construct the Shop superstructure.

Update: 15/10/18

Things are moving well at Chestnut Nursery as the foundation concrete footing has been going in
and we’ve been preparing for the pour of the main underfloor heated slab for early November.

Chestnut Nursery – The start of a very exciting project for Greendale

01/10/18

We are delighted to get this fantastic and very worthwhile project underway for Chestnut Nursery in Poole, which will include an iconic new shop and improved nursery and grounds at the Kingland Road site.

 

 

The work carried out will include taking down dilapidated old buildings (above you can see the old greenhouses being demolished) and replacing them with a stunning new single storey shop which will sell a large variety of gardening items as well as offering improved learning opportunities for the volunteers working there.  Built using a combination of Purbeck gabion walling and chestnut cladding with timber glulam roof beams and metal roof deck.  The inside space will benefit from two, large elevated rooflights.  Automatic entrance/exit doors, and window/curtain walling will be installed using a combination of aluminium and wood framed glazing systems.  To help with green sustainability requirements an air source heat pump with electrical back-up will provide underfloor heating, keeping customers and volunteers warm during the colder months.

 

As you can see from the photo above, Chestnut Nursery is on a stunning site.

Behind the shop, there will be a further 743 square metres of retail hard standing and growing areas.  The new nursery will offer a more formal and cohesive experience for customers, and will provide a much-needed, safe and comfortable environment for volunteers working with the registered charity SWOP (Sheltered Work Opportunities Project) to work.

During the refurbishment, Chestnut will be operating a pop-up shop at 26 Kingland Crescent in Poole town centre where it will be selling a variety of plants and accessories, so please don’t forget to stop by!

We’ve retained our Investors in People GOLD standard!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have retained our GOLD certificate from Investors in People (IIP).

Achieved by only 7% of Investors in People accredited organisations, this is an accolade of which we are very proud, having demonstrated that Greendale, as an organisation, is going above and beyond to ensure our organisation succeeds.

The IIP Gold Award illustrates that high-performing leaders within the Company are making work a more rewarding experience and understand how to put people at the heart of their vision, enabling them to use their talents to achieve it.  Understanding the dynamics of good people management, and the obvious connection between rewarding, enjoyable work and high performance, is key to an organisation’s success.  As we have always said at Greendale, our employees are what makes us the success we are.

This is a huge achievement and one of which we are rightly proud. Our thanks go out to all our employees who have helped make this achievement possible.

 

 

The Building Safety Group 2018 Awards – another win for Greendale!

Congratulations to Greendale site manager, Simon Copping, who has been awarded ‘Site Manager of the Year’ for his role during the Shire Hall, Dorchester, project.

The Building Safety Group held its fourth annual Health & Safety Awards ceremony on Wednesday November 7th at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Grove, Oxfordshire.  The commemoration is held to mark members’ achievements and excellence in work-related health and safety performance.

The day also included keynote speeches from two high profile industry speakers: Steve Hull, who is a Principal Inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Richard Voke, who is a Partner at Ashfords. Steve discussed recent HSE prosecution cases as well the common health and safety issues encountered during site inspections.

This is a fantastic accolade and well deserved recognition, and not only for Greendale and Simon, but also for Dan Hawker, who was assistant site manager at Shire Hall, and of course, all the team who worked so hard during this fantastic project.

 

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.

Posts are added chronologically, so please scroll to bottom if you have missed earlier updates.

01.11.18

In the final stages now as the lighting is installed, highlighting the well, which was unearthed during the works.  A glass cover makes the well safe, yet still enables visitors to have a peek and let their imaginations run wild thinking about how the well was used and even who might have met their maker plunging to their deaths!

Further images show how this project has very cleverly managed to renovate rooms not seen in many years, making them bright and accessible, yet still retaining the character of this amazing Castle.

07/09.18

Latest progress at Highcliffe Castle show some rooms are now ready for flooring which will go down next week.

 

02/08/18

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.


Greendale awarded the Developing Talent Award at the Dorset Business Awards 2018

What a night!

We are all walking around with huge smiles on our faces, our hearts full of pride, and humbled that Greendale has been recognised as an employer who is ‘proactive and engaged in attracting, retaining and developing people.’

As many will already know, attracting, developing and retaining talented people is at the heart of the Greendale ethos. We are keenly aware that procuring skilled, dedicated and driven individuals into the business, and then maintaining that enthusiasm, commitment and loyalty, is key to the growth of the business.

Greendale has developed strong and mutually respectful links with local schools, colleges and universities, and attracts young people to our industry with work placements and school careers open days. Our directors and senior managers regularly visit educational establishments to give talks and answer questions on the broad spectrum of careers available to young people within the construction industry, and welcome students to join us for work experience.

Greendale is very active within the Dorset Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s, ‘Young Chamber;’ a unique
programme aimed at building partnerships between the world of education and the world of business by
providing a high-quality, cost effective solution for schools and colleges to give young people inspiring and
motivational careers advice through the delivery of a bespoke range of activities with businesses.

To have our genuine commitment to developing talent within our industry and Dorset acknowledged with this award is an absolute honour.

Thank you to Sunseeker International and the Dorset Business Awards for this accolade, and thank you to all our amazing staff, the ‘Greendale Family,’ for always going above and beyond – our staff are our finest asset, and it’s down to these talented and dedicated people Greendale is where we are today.  And finally, thank you to all our clients, supporters, suppliers, and the businesses, schools and colleges we work with, because building links and trusted & mutually respectful relationships with these organisations help us keep on doing what we are doing.  

 

 

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