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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.  

 

Greendale shortlisted for 2 Building Safety Group awards for Shire Hall

We are delighted to announce that Greendale has been shortlisted for two awards in the upcoming Building Safety Group (BSG) Health and Safety Awards in relation to our work at Shire Hall, Dorchester, in the following categories:

BSG Project Award for outstanding ‘Health and Safety in Planning and Design’

BSG Site Manager of the Year: South West region – Simon Copping.

The fourth annual BSG Health & Safety Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday November 7th at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Grove, Oxfordshire.

The Building Safety Group is the UK’s largest construction safety group for Health, Safety and Environmental advice. A ‘not for profit organisation’ with over fifty years’ experience of providing specialist consultancy services for its members throughout the country, the Group carries out over 30,000 site inspections every year.

Greendale announced as finalists in the Dorset Business Awards 2018

We are thrilled to be finalists in the Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dorset Business Awards in the Developing Talent category.

The Developing Talent Award, celebrates employers who are applying innovation to attract, develop and retain its people. At Greendale we have always prided ourselves on the many ways we help encourage people into the construction industry and support their career progression; both through financing courses, higher and further eduction sponsorship, and through one to one mentoring with our highly experienced and talented employees.

We don’t just consider ourselves a business; Greendale is a family, passing on our knowledge and experience to help build strong and secure careers and lives to the next generation and beyond.

Greendale returns to Poole Methodist Church to continue the Sea Change Project; ‘The Spire.’

Update: 15/10/18

Work continues at The Spire and we can see the the wonderful new worship area taking shape and the new windows looking truly stunning.

 

Update: 28/09/18

 

Fantastic to see the stunning building now the scaffolding has been removed.

10/09/18

Contract at The Spire commences

We recently returned to The Spire in Poole High Street where we are commencing phase 3 of the Poole Methodists’ development, ‘Sea Change.’

 

 

The Sea Change project has seen the Poole town centre church transformed into a community hub where local charities and organisations can work together with the church to provide facilities and services for those in need.

Having commenced the latest works on 14 May, we will be working on the main worship area of the original church above the phase 1 works completed in 2016.  Insulation, plastering, acoustic panelling, carpentry works and electrical and mechanical services will be carried out.  There will also be a complete fit-out of the first floor to the new extension we previously built during phase 2, which will involve partitioning, M&E services, plumbing, carpentry works and a lift installation.

This is a project which benefits the whole community, and we are working with a live building below us that is in full use all the time, so had to instal a large birdcage scaffold to access the high-level works in the worship area.  The scaffold is approximately 6 metres high and has some 400 scaffold boards.  Although logistically this is a tricky contract at times, due to the prominent and central location, Greendale site manager, Pete Marks, says, “it’s nothing Greendale is not used to, and we look forward to completing in early December.”

 

 

 

The DCCI Careers & Apprenticeship Show at the BIC

What a fantastic day!  Chris and Maria were delighted to see so many familiar faces as well as meet so many new young people who stopped by the Greendale Construction stand for information and advice on all the careers and apprenticeship opportunities available to them in the construction industry.

Assisting and advising young people with a passion for our industry is something that is very close to our hearts.  So many kids just aren’t aware of how many careers and trades the industry uses – and how many of those can be as apprenticeships, or working degrees – where you are paid to work with a company like Greendale who also finance your degree or further and higher education course.

If you were unable to attend the Careers and Apprenticeships Show but are interested in finding out what a career in the construction industry is all about, and how Greendale may be able to help you, please get in touch.

 

 

£1770 raised for Bobby’s Future at the Great Greendale Bake-Off!

Wow!  What a day!  Thank you to each and every one of you who came to buy cakes at Greendale HQ yesterday, and to those who ordered cakes to be delivered.  To everyone who made cakes for us to sell, and those who took part in the raffle and helped us raise so much money for the 3rd year running for a very special little boy.  We are humbled and thrilled with the number of people who helped us help Bobby by raising an astonishing £1770.

 

 



 

From all at Greendale, thank you so very, much for all your support!

Roof repairs to St Phillips Church

St Phillips Church, Bournemouth, is benefiting from these roof repairs – just in time for the winter!

 

Join us for ‘The Great Greendale Charity Cake Sale’ – Monday 17th September

It’s that wonderful time of year again when we ask you to come and support us in helping raise money for one of our chosen charities – by buying and eating scrumptious cakes, homemade jams and marmalades!  It’s a hard ask, we know 😉

This year, The Great Greendale Charity Cake Sale in aid of Bobby’s Future, will be held at our offices on Monday 17th September.  Last year we raised an amazing amount of £1,600.00 for Bobby with this annual event, and it would be fantastic if we could top that again this year. More information about this amazing little boy and his wonderful family can be found at the bottom of this post.

 

The cakes never fail to impress – our extended Greendale family bakes exceedingly good cakes.  And the delicious homemade jams and marmalades are made by director Maria herself!

 

If you don’t have time to stay, we will be providing cake boxes for you to take cake away with you.  You can even pre-order if its easier – and if you really can’t make it, we offer a local delivery service to bring the cakes to you!

 

We all look forward to welcoming you on Monday 17th September and hope you can help us raise these much needed funds for Bobby’s Future!

A little bit about Bobby…

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.

St Dominic’s Priory, Sway

We are involved with an exciting new project for St Dominic’s Priory in Sway where we will be building a new priest’s house.

(Updates are added chronologically, so please scroll to bottom for first post if you have missed it).

Update 19/10/18

Fantastic progress this week.

07/09/18

Latest shots at St Dominics show the progress to the roof.

26/07/18

These photos show the cut roof going on in the glorious heatwave last Thursday.

05/07/18

We were delighted to welcome Eric Scott, Relationship Director from Lloyd’s Bank to the site (above) to show him around and discuss the project.

The house is being built on top of a derelict swimming pool. New foundations have been built off the base of the pool.  The Priests House will be a traditional build made up of beam and block floors, blockwork walls, tiled pitched roof.  Externally, it will be lime rendered with oak framing to mirror the adjacent chapel. PV panels and solar thermal panels will fitted flush within the tiled roof for sustainable energy recovery.

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.

 

 

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