Last year, our partnership with JLL saw some prestigious award wins for environmental best practice and added value.

Accolades include two Yorkshire in Bloom Silver Gilt Awards and 14 Green Apple Environment Awards of various statuses for a number of sites including gold status for the White Building, Reading, and Merlin Park.

The two sites recognised for the Yorkshire in Bloom Silver Gilt Award are Clifton Moor Industrial Estate and York Business Park. Led by Contract Manager Andrew Church, both sites were recognised for innovative maintenance schemes that have been adapted to accommodate biodiversity enhancement practices.

The White Building, Reading is an example of one of the gold-status Green Apple Environmental Award-winning projects in the ‘Habitat & Biodiversity’ category for "Empowering Biodiversity on World Environmental Day." This was for a project, that took place on the roof gardens of the White Building on 5th June 2023; but highlights the positive use of outside space at the workplace all year round.

Creating hanging baskets    

Led by Ground Control’s Jody Frampton and JLL’s facilities manager for the White Building Hannah Lewis, tenants were invited to build beautiful baskets to attract nature, in celebration of World Environment Day.

Aided with information sheets and materials provided by Ground Control, the tenants learned how to plant beautiful bee and bug-friendly pots and hanging baskets.

Wildflower seeds, bee bombs, and environmental pencils were given out as part of the World Environment Day celebrations and to help inspire tenants to use what they learned and encourage wildlife into their own outside spaces.

Jody Frampton, Ground Control Area Manager said:

Thank you to all the occupiers and our service partner JLL for all your support in helping make these projects so successful. It’s an honour to receive such prestigious recognition for this project that illustrates a like-minded partnership, committed to making facilities and workplaces better through nature. Congratulations to all involved in the partnership.

The White Building is one of 14 Green Apple Awards received in 2023 by the JLL and Ground Control partnership. The other winning projects are:

  • One Station Square
  • Gravelly Park
  • The Argent Centre
  • College Business Park
  • Hampton Park
  • George’s Retail Park
  • Howard Town
  • Gatwick Gate
  • Fareham Industrial Estate
  • Merlin Park 
  • Junction 27 Retail Park
  • Midas
  • Chevron Industrial Estate

Green Apple Environment Awards

A Green Apple Award is an environmental award used to recognise, reward, and promote environmental best practice around the world. The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation and have become well-established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world.

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