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Greendale announces its chosen charities for 2019

The votes are in and we can now announce the three charities which will receive support and donations from Greendale for 2019.  Yes, you heard us – due to the voting being so close, we have decided that three charities will benefit from our fundraising efforts over the coming year.

The Dorset Children’s Foundation was set up in 2013 to improve the lives of local sick and differently abled children and since then they have donated over £500,000 to local children. They are a small, independent charity and fund medical expenses, mobility equipment and therapies not covered by the NHS. The DCF also grant life enriching experiences, to create special memories that last longer than a lifetime.

The therapies and equipment that they provide improve the lives of children with disabilities, over and above pure medical necessities and help to improve the quality of life for children so that they can gain better movement, overcome isolation, improve their self-esteem and play a larger part in the society around them, be that with family or at school. The DCF also provides a network of support for parents in a similar situation and sponsors accessible fun activities where everyone can join in, providing the opportunity for families to get together.


Greendale will be donating the money raised from our Christmas raffle & auction to The Dorset Children’s Foundation, which will be specifically going to a little boy called William. 

When William was born he was blue. After rescue breaths from the medical team he was breathing but oxygen levels in his blood were critically low. It was discovered that the main arteries of his heart were the wrong way round; meaning well oxygenated blood was going from his heart to his lungs but then straight back to his heart, deoxygenated blood was being pumped around the rest of his body and causing his other organs to fail. He was a very poorly baby indeed. His parents were told that a simple operation was needed to rectify things for William, but this was sadly not the case. More tests, more professionals and then the bombshell that he had suffered significant brain damage that affected the whole brain. Sadly, William’s condition is life limiting. William also has severe epilepsy. Every seizure poses a risk of further brain damage and due to his epilepsy being difficult to control he has lost many of the skills. Throughout all of this, William amazes everyone around him by the way he continues to try to be active and involved. Money raised would go towards funding for a block of Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy for William, along with a pair of supportive splints, called DAFOs, to help his feet and ankles develop a good position for walking and moving. The therapies will help him achieve the best range of movements and the most strength and coordination he can. This will help him enjoy his life as much as he can and for longer.

Please visit https://thedcf.orgfor more information about the charity.


Chestnut Nursery is the second project of the registered charity the Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP). Based in the centre of Poole, it provides voluntary work for adults with severe and enduring mental illness. The project aims to improve mental wellbeing through the healing nature of horticulture.Research shows that, in any one year 25% of the population experience a mental health problem. Many of these people want and need to fill their time constructively, but feel unable to cope with the stresses and pressures of open employment.


Volunteers at Chestnut Nursery work in all aspects of the nursery, this includes: seed sowing, potting plants, serving customers in the shop, carpentry and construction work, as well as office and computer work. Through the use of therapeutic horticulture, the charity aims to restore mental well-being, and give purpose to people’s lives. Chestnut Nursery currently provides over 60 work placements and aims to give the opportunity to learn or relearn basic work skills.

We will be making a donation of £500 to Chestnut Nursery in lieu of sending out company Christmas cards to clients/business associates etc.  All proceeds raised from our annual Greendale Charity Cake sale will also be split between Chestnut Nursery and our third charity for 2019, Langside School.

Please visit http://www.chestnutnursery.org.uk/for more information about the charity.


Diverse Abilities provide services and support in a number of areas across Dorset, and the money raised by Greendale will specifically be going to  Langside School; a charity run special school for pupils aged two to 19 with profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex medical needs.

Langside school provides a full sensory and therapeutic approach to meeting the needs of the pupils and helps them to achieve their full potential, with nursing support in every class. The school was established in 1959 and has a multidisciplinary approach to providing education and therapy support. It has a nursing provision, a speech and language therapist, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, orthopaedics plus paediatric, dietician and orthotics clinics on site, ensuring the children do not miss a morning or afternoon at school due to appointments. Hydrotherapy is also offered on site.

The money raised by Greendale will be used for an outside play area replacing the current structure which is precarious in high winds and hard to maintain. The outside space is so important for the children as it gives them the opportunity of getting fresh air, vitamin D and an exciting learning environment.



We will be making a donation of £500 to Langside School  in lieu of sending out company Christmas cards to clients/business associates etc and all proceeds raised from our annual Greendale Charity Cake sale will also be split between Langside School and Chestnut Nursery.

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.

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.


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.


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



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.  


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.


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