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Local children help complete new St. Andrew’s Park play area

Local children help complete new park play area On Monday 23rd January, Ground Control was delighted to support a community planting event at current Landscape Construction project, St. Andrew’s Park in Uxbridge.

Ground Control, is currently undertaking hard and soft landscaping on behalf of VSM Estates as part of a large regeneration project of former 110-acre RAF Uxbridge site.

Works on the wider regeneration began in 2013, which has already seen the build of new primary school, the John Locke Academy and over 400 homes delivered. On completion, the development will comprise of 1,340 new homes, over 200,000 sq ft of office and retail space, a hotel, 1,500 seat theatre, a museum, care home and 40-acre public park.

Ground Control and VINCI St. Modwen, the development partners at St. Andrew’s Park, were delighted to welcome pupils from nearby John Locke Academy and Ryefield Primary School to help plant the first greenery around the brand new children’s play area within the park.

The children assisted with planting Hebes and Luzulas around the newly constructed children’s play area adjacent to St. Andrew’s Road, within the new parkland area. Ground Control also provided the children with packets of sunflower seeds to commemorate the day.

The play area and wider 40-acre park, is set to be Greater London’s largest new public green space, is due to be opened later this year and the area will then be accessible to the public for the first time since well before World War Two.

Ground Control’s Construction Manager, Matt Hallam, who is managing the project, commented;

“It was great to get some of the local school children down, all of whom got enthusiastically involved with planting some of the shrubs, which they can now put their names to and watch them grow. Once officially opened to the public, this will be an outstanding green open space for the local community and I hope that the children who visited today, will return with their friends and family and become key stakeholders in the future and upkeep of this park for years to come.”

Ground Control expand drugs and alcohol testing alongside Dtec International

Ground Control HSQE Manager, Mark Curry with Managing Director of Dtec Internation, Ean LewinOver the past few years National HSQE Compliance Manager, Mark Curry has been spearheading drugs and alcohol testing across the business, reaching all teams to promote the dangers of substance abuse.

Last month, Mark visited Dtec International, the dedicated D&A training provider for the police force and suppliers of drugs and alcohol detection equipment, to discuss continued engagement and ways in which they can be of support to us. Currently, Mark receives updates from Dtec of all that is going on in the country relating to drug law and driving.

In March 2015, a new legislation was introduced covering legal driving limits for 17 illegal and prescription drugs. Under the old laws, police had to show driving was impaired by drugs to prosecute. Following this change and a result of this new law, over 8000 people were arrested within 12 months, sentencing offenders with a minimum 12 month driving ban, up to six months in prison, an unlimited fine and a criminal record.

At Ground Control, our people are our most valuable asset, and we are committed to maintaining a safe, healthy and efficient environment for all. As part of this, we work hard to provide a substance abuse-free work environment.

Our aims are to promote a responsible attitude to alcohol and drugs by:

  • Making known all the harmful effects
  • Minimising problems and accidents at work arising from alcohol and drugs and their misuse
  • Promoting the well-being of all
  • Offering assistance and advice to all who may need it

Ground Control is delighted to be working alongside Dtec International to promote this at the upcoming field team roadshow.

At the end of last year, HSQE Manager for Rail, Karl Jones was trained to start testing across the country, spreading the initiative throughout the divisions. Now a key element of our health and safety policy, we are continually looking to build on our drugs and alcohol process to make it more stringent through the business.

Mark, who has been working hard to enforce the message, commented;

“The use of illegal drugs and alcohol and the misuse of prescribed and over the counter drugs is a significant safety risk that undermines the company’s ability to operate safely, effectively and efficiently. All of our teams and colleagues are expected to understand this and to arrive for work in a fit, proper and non-impaired state.

We operate and apply a strict zero tolerance policy in relation to alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs and over the counter medicine’s that may affect our teams’ ability to work safely. Drug and alcohol abuse could jeopardise the future of any individuals working relationship with the company.

To ensure we are keeping our sites and workplaces safe for all, we carry out four types of drug and alcohol testing; pre-employment, post incident, for-cause, and random. Teams must give consent at some point during their engagement with us to undergo any one of these tests and refusal to consent to testing will constitute a positive test, resulting in action being taken with immediate removal from the site or place of work. We take it very seriously.”

Blue Monday

Mind logoOn Monday 16th January, we beat the blues by wearing our PJ’s at HQ in aid of our chosen charity, Mind.

The 3rd Monday of January every year has been labelled ‘Blue Monday’ – the most depressing day of the year. Not succumbing to the blues, we all kept our PJ’s on for work raising money, and awareness for the brilliant charity, Mind, which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. For more info, please visit http://www.mind.org.uk/

On the day, we provided breakfast for all at HQ and enjoyed a ‘duvet day’ in the office. In total, we raised £706! Huge thanks to the team for supporting this worthy cause.

Supporting Mind, a charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Ground Control Sponsors Local Christmas Market

On Sunday 4th December, we were very proud to sponsor Billericay’s Christmas Market, selling poinsettia plants and mistletoe throughout the day in aid of Little Havens Hospice.

Held annually in Billericay High Street, the market draws thousands of Essex residents to enjoy a day of festive fun.

We were delighted to raise £535.50, which Ground Control has match funded to total £1035.50. All funds raised have been donated to Little Haven’s Hospice, a local charity which cares for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Ground Control sponsor local Billericay Christmas Market

 

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We offer a free advice service covering a range of topics. Just call the Support-Line number or drop us an email and our resident experts will get straight back to you. Support Line

Support topics include:

  • Invasive species & land owners liability
  • Environmental issues: creation of habitats for protected & common wildlife
  • Ecology & biodiversity
  • Vegetation management
  • Pest & wildlife management
  • Health & Safety: monitoring for HAV, noise & wood, concrete dust
  • Record info (Asset Management) & Wood-Plan
  • Pole numbering
  • Smart Water

 

Ground Control achieve 5 stars in external RISQS audit

achilles-risqs-logoWe recently completed our annual Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) audit. Administered by Achilles on behalf of Network Rail, the audit reviews our overall management systems and rail specific requirements.

The audit is split into a number of sections: Industry Minimum Requirements (IMR) – which looks at a variety of aspects from working hours and fatigue management through to plant, equipment and lifting equipment; the Sentinel Scheme – the management of rail qualified personnel; Railway Interface Planning (RIPS) – the Safe System of Work process, and for the first time, Plant Operations Scheme (POS) – looking at how we manage On-Track Plant (Road Rail Vehicles).

The audit, led by HSQE Manager, Greg Buckley with assistance from H&S Manager, Karl Jones and the Rail Compliance team, took place over 3 days and involved us demonstrating through detailed evidence, how we manage work, our procedures, implementing these on the ground e.g. site planning, audit and inspection, drugs and alcohol screening, Sentinel sponsorship and fatigue management.

We successfully passed the audit and achieved the maximum 5 stars available and our thanks goes to everyone who assisted us in along the way.

We are now in the process of obtaining our Plant Operations Scheme licence and upgrading our provisional Principal Contractor’s licence to full so watch this space!

Ground Control Support Latest BBC DIY SOS Big Build at Great Ormond Street Hospital

One of UK’s fastest growing landscape solutions providers helps to create roof garden of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Ground Control featured on BBC DIY SOS Great Ormond Street

Ground Control, one of the UK’s fastest growing, privately owned, external landscape solution providers, has donated landscape personnel to assist with the build of a new roof garden at the children’s hospital.

The venture saw the creation of a tranquil and invaluable garden, providing young patients and their families with a much needed respite area away from the intensity of the ward, while ensuring patients are safe within the hospital site and close to their loved ones.

The garden, which has been created by award-winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, will be dismantled after the show and reinstalled in its permanent new home atop the roof of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The big reveal took place on Friday 10th June after just 3 weeks on-site and the show aired on Thursday 10th November on BBC One.

Marcus Watson, Managing Director of Ground Control, explains: “We are very pleased to be able to provide both our personnel and landscaping expertise to this worthy project. Creating such a space for patients to enjoy with their families is an excellent project, offering precious time to those in need.  We are proud to be a part of it.”

This is the latest in a series of projects Ground Control has supported the DIY SOS team with. Last year, Ground Control teamed up with Tesco to assist with transformation of eight existing houses into specially adapted bespoke homes for Armed Forces veterans – dubbed BBC DIY SOS’ most challenging project to date.

For further information on Ground Control, contact us on 0800 334 5606 or email info@ground-control.co.uk.

Ground Control Takes Home Three Major BALI National Landscape Awards Honours

BALI’s highest accolades won by Ground Control in three key categories, including Employer Excellence Award

Ground Control, the UK’s fastest growing external maintenance and commercial landscaping company, has won three Principal BALI National Landscape Awards in the categories Regeneration Scheme, Community and Schools Development and Employer Excellence Award.

Ground Control scoop 3 BALI Principal Awards

The Principal Awards, which are BALI’s highest accolades, are presented to those BALI members whose National Award winning schemes are deemed by the judges, above all entries in the category, to display exemplary levels of professionalism, workmanship and client satisfaction that bring credit to the landscape industry.

Ground Control’s Managing Director, Marcus Watson, explains the magnitude of the award wins: “Being a Principal Award winner demonstrates how we are ahead of the competition not only in delivering the highest quality service, but also in providing the best possible experience and quality to our customers. We are especially proud of the Employer Excellence Principal Award win, which recognises our extraordinary people and our commitment to helping every member of staff fulfil their potential. As we close the door on 2016, our aim is to build on this success in 2017.”

Ground Control’s Principal Award winning schemes include the £1.3m regeneration of Alexandra Road Park in the London Borough of Camden, which achieved the highest recognition in the Community and Schools Development category. The first of its type to be connected with a residential development, the neighbourhood park forms a green oasis in a built-up area of inner London. The project involved Ground Control working closely with architects to carry out all hard and soft landscaping works to fit the grade II listed surroundings.

Ground Control’s project at Woodhouse Urban Park in South Kilburn, London, which won the Principal Award in the Regeneration Scheme category, aimed to make the area a better place to live by offering an accessible and welcoming environment for the existing and wider community along with the general public. Throughout this project, Ground Control engaged with the South Kilburn Trust Group to establish the new Friends of Woodhouse Urban Park Group, which will take responsibility for the management of the site.

Finally, Ground Control achieved the highest recognition for its exceptional growth and excellent staff retention by winning the Employer Excellence category. The judges said: “Ground Control has successfully combined business growth with steady improvements in staff training and development supported by a range of company policies and procedures. The company’s commitment to training staff at all levels is of particular note, especially on the managerial level to ensure that they are able to meet the demands of the rapid expansion in staff numbers and workloads.”

Greg Allen, chair of the adjudication panel for the BALI Awards, commented on this year’s entries: “Over the forty years that the BALI National Landscape Awards have been running the professional attainments of BALI members have consistently reached new heights in quality and excellence year-on-year, and 2016 is no exception. The standard of workmanship achieved by all entries, whether in the domestic, commercial or public sectors, has been inspiring and with so many excellent entries again this year, the task of selecting the Principal Award winners has taken hours of collective deliberation by the judging panel.”

The Principal Award wins top off a great year for Ground Control, who recently picked up a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising the company’s innovative application of technology to servicing its customers.

To find out more about the winning entries, contact Ground Control on  info@ground-control.co.uk or click on https://www.ground-control.co.uk/.

Landscape Construction Progress at Victoria Park, Leicester

Victoria Park LeicesterGround Control’s Construction team is currently working on an exciting new project at Victoria Park, Leicester, on behalf of Leicester City Council.

The £2.2million contract includes refurbishment and extension of the Granville Road Car Park in Leicester, along with the creation of a new processional route from London Road through the car park to the war memorial at the other end of the park. In addition, we are also undertaking the complete renovation / rebuild of the existing tennis courts including new fencing, retaining walls and surfacing and lighting.

Works include creation of 240 new parking bays and roadways, installation of new street lighting system inclusive of all ducting, electric car charging points, feeder pillars, 37 columns and light fittings, erection of 64 bollards, creation of 50 tree pits using the green blue urban strata cell system with all associated root directors guying systems and irrigation systems, inclusive of the resin bonded surface grills, fencing, CCTV installation.

The architect and council have opted for a very high end pallet of materials including conservation kerbing throughout, along with large quantities of grey and buff ‘Ulticolour’ tarmac.

As part of this contract, we have inducted over 100 people on to the scheme with between 15 and 30 staff on site at any one time including a permanent site engineer, site agent and construction management team.

We’re making great progress, follow Ground Control on Twitter for updates as it happens: www.twitter.com/groundcontrolgc

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Ground Control join Southampton Solent to celebrate first Green Flag Award

Southampton Solent University’s Warsash campus was recently awarded a prestigious Green Flag marking it as one of the best green spaces in the country.

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On 17th November 2016, Ground Control was delighted to throw a celebratory dinner for all involved; bringing together key members of the university and Ground Control team.

The grounds at Warsash Maritime Academy are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that received the award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

Ground Control has been maintaining Southampton Solent University campus since August 2015. The award follows a successful first year of the contract, receiving recognition with a Green Flag on the anniversary after the contract began.

Key Account Manager, Alison Rogers, who manages the Solent contract commented; “It is fantastic that the whole team’s work has achieved such great recognition this early into the contract. It was great to finally meet the team at Solent yesterday whilst celebrating the successes and the partnership between our two companies. There is definitely high potential for this contract and others in the sector; it is great example of our outstanding service and what we can achieve.”

Lesley McIvor, Contracts & Projects Manager at Southampton Solent University, commented on the win: “We are thrilled that the hard work and the ‘one team’ approach between University teams and Ground Control, our grounds maintenance contractor, has led us to receiving a Green Flag award for the first time from Keep Britain Tidy.”

Ground Control’s Operations Manager, Jim Edwards, added: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the contract to date. To achieve a Green Flag Award after just one year of maintaining the site is a fantastic achievement and a real testament to the relationship built by our contracts manager Adam Lee and the truly dedicated team members on site, Mervin Betteridge and David Ray. The standard of grounds maintenance really does make this a great place to work; this award gives great recognition for all involved. Well done to all.”

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Ground Control team scoops 3 places in industry’s ‘30 Under 30′

Ground Control team named in industry '30 Under 30: The Next Generation'The UK’s leading commercial landscaping and external maintenance company, Ground Control, is today celebrating the success of their young talent as three employees are selected as Pro Landscaper magazine’s ’30 Under 30: The Next Generation’.

The ’30 Under 30’ awards were launched by the magazine to celebrate the successes of young people within the horticulture and landscaping industries.

This year, three Ground Control employees have been awarded, celebrating fantastic career growth within Ground Control and giving recognition of their outstanding potential to succeed in the industry; Commercial Assistant Aled Roberts, Graduate Landscape Architect Chris Chippendale, and Contract Delivery Manager James Sadler.

All winners were invited to the awards ceremony as part of FutureScape at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, followed by a lavish dinner with entertainment to congratulate the winners.

One of Ground Control’s proud winners, Commercial Assistant, Aled commented, “It is great to have been selected as one of the key young players in the industry. I entered the industry in 2008 focussing on accounting, and have since progressed my career to work in the commercial side of landscaping. I am currently studying MSc in Quantity Surveying with Ground Control so that I can take a higher role and support the company across my region as a Quantity Surveyor. Really looking forward to what the future holds.”

Graduate Landscape Architect, Chris commented, “The 30 under 30 award is a brilliant award, and I am grateful to have been recognised in this way! I joined Ground Control in 2014 following a degree in Landscape and Garden Design at Writtle College and am now studying a Masters in Landscape Architecture part time supported by Ground Control. I have achieved and developed a lot since joining Ground Control, and it’s been great working with the team to see the transformation of projects and our designs come to life. With me only just beginning my career in this industry it makes the achievement of this award particularly rewarding and I look forward to continuing to grow at GC and seeing what the future brings.”

Contract Delivery Manager, James commented, “I am very proud to have won this award! I have held a variety of posts since entering the industry in early 2009. Since joining Ground Control just over 3 years ago, I have worked hard to excel. This was acknowledged by my peers, and I was promoted to the role of Contract Delivery Manager within 12 months. I have taken on a variety of projects, most of which have been incredibly rewarding, others have been more challenging, all have provided invaluable insight and exposure to the sector. The continued training and support from the business has undoubtedly accelerated my development and progression as a manager. I am looking forward to furthering my career the arboriculture industry, but more importantly exploring the exciting opportunities that lie ahead with Ground Control.”

Congratulating the winners, Managing Director, Marcus Watson added;

“What an achievement!  I have great pleasure in congratulating my Ground Control colleagues on their tremendous success.  It is particularly pleasing to note that their achievements are being recognised by professional external organisations as well as within Ground Control.  Their hard work and dedication in support of their teams and service to our customers is an inspiration to us all; we are so pleased to have them as part of the Ground Control family.

It has been great to see these young industry leaders grow within Ground Control and we look forward to supporting the next generation of leaders in their career progression, helping them achieve their ambitions.”

Ground Control - FutureScape '30 Under 30' winners

The UK’s fastest growing landscaping solutions provider to showcase bespoke technologies at keynote transport exhibition

Ground Control will attend the Highways UK 2016 show to unveil latest offering within its external maintenance and road networks portfolio

Highways UK announcement: Stand No: A36

Multi award-winning Ground Control, the UK’s fastest growing external maintenance and commercial landscaping company, will showcase its key roadworks and highways maintenance offering at the Highways UK event in Birmingham on 16th to 17th November 2016.

Ground Control will exhibit a range of market leading landscape services and external works covering all aspects of infrastructure, road and rail. In addition, the company will discuss its Highways Network maintenance solutions that help to ensure the UK’s road networks remain connected at all times. Ground Control offers unmatched expertise, utilising the latest technology and practices to deliver seamless cyclical and project works. As part of this initiative, the landscaping solutions specialist has launched an app which provides its contractors and nominated client contacts with live updates to illustrate exactly what they are receiving from the service in real time.

Held at the popular NEC in Birmingham, Highways UK is the major event for developers, contractors and organisations involved in the planning, operation and future-proofing of the UK’s road network. With keynote addresses over the two days, business industry leaders will come together to share best practice on delivering effective transport projects through successful partnerships.

“We are proud to attend the Highways UK event whereby we will showcase our latest technologies and unmatched expertise within highways maintenance and the wider transport sector,” explained Sam Jones, Business Development Director for Ground Control. “As one of the largest events of its kind, it will allow us to demonstrate how Ground Control is leading the way through the latest IT systems and our innovative products and services.”

The multi-award winning Ground Control, in addition to receiving the UK industry’s top accolade The Queen’s Award for Innovation, has achieved 20 BALI awards and the Gold Medal for the sixth consecutive year in the annual RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2016. This is in addition to the accolades of the Essex Business of the Year and Best Growing Business, and the achievement of finalist in the UK Customer Experience Awards amongst some of the country’s biggest names.

“2016 has been one of the most successful years across all of our business divisions. Having continued to lead the way in IT innovations and expanded our portfolio of services, our ambition remains to enrich and improve our offering and become the undisputed partner of choice across our nominated industry sectors,” said Sam Jones.

In addition to highways maintenance, Ground Control’s tailored suite of solutions include grounds maintenance, vegetation management, landscape installation, ecology and biodiversity and pest control services.

For more information about Ground Control, visit us at the Highways UK event at stand number A36 or click on www.ground-control.co.uk. If you would like a briefing with Ground Control, contact Andy Parker on +44(0)1242 211187, or email andy.parker@montintegrated.com, to schedule.

Ground Control joins Anglian Water to Improve Local Village

Ground Control Anglian WaterFollowing the build of a new Anglian Water pumping station in Toynton All Saints, Spilsby in Lincolnshire, Ground Control was delighted to join Anglian Water on an engagement project with local residents to improve the village after the disruption of the build.

For the community project, which took place on Tuesday 25th October, Ground Control provided 15,000 bulbs including daffodils, crocus and snowdrops, in addition to 30 hand tools to get the job done!  On the day, our Contracts Managers for that Region; Peter Clarke, Paul Grahame, Lucy Telford, Owen Baker, and Colin Moore were on site to provide labour; fully engaging the local community.

We offered training on bulb planting, provided handouts and helped our client, Anglian Water, organise the event with the residents’ involvement.

Regional Operations Manager, Naomi Childe, commented, “We had a great day helping this wonderful community alongside Anglian Water. It was great to bring the Contracts Managers together to help deliver this valuable event and I am grateful to all who were involved.”

Ground Control Ltd Community Project

 

Working Together to Improve our Communities

Ground Control and Tesco join forces to carry out local community projectEarlier this summer, Ground Control teamed up with Tesco to improve the grounds of Howe Park Infant School, Milton Keynes.

In a bid to transform the schools’ foundation year garden space, Tesco and Ground Control came together to clear and re-model areas, as well as supply and install various plants, herbs, astroturf, bark and planters.

The new garden area includes herbs and vegetable planting for the senses; also aiming to teach the children about growing food. The area includes artificial grass and a range of different elements to add texture to bring the sensory experience to a whole.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning – Great Ground Control Bake Off!

On Friday 30th September, we joined the country celebrating Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.  This year, we held out very own Great Ground Control Bake Off, with the theme of Mad Hatters Tea Party!

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. People all over the UK host coffee mornings and donate to Macmillan, with last year’s total reaching £25 million!! This helped fund 474 Macmillan nurses for a year, so it really does make a difference.

We raised a fantastic £774.92 for the very deserving charity!

Our trusty judges were Dereka Symes, Peter Brown, Sam Merriday and Barry Sage, rating cakes for appearance and taste. Our winner for appearance was Amy Tansley, with Michael Legon taking the prize for the tastiest cake, and Abee Round taking the lead from our Warrington office.

Our best dressed was Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Natalie & Megan), brilliant outfits!

Ground Control take part in Macmillan Coffee Morning

 

Ground Control presented with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Ground Control presented with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Innovation Award recognises pioneering role of national company in creating leading edge technology to help maintain external spaces that are safe and enjoyable for all 

Ground Control presented with Queen's Award Queen’s Award Event: 3rd October at 15:00

On Monday 3rd October, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex Mr John Patrick Lionel Petre, will present the Ground Control team with its Queen’s Award for Innovation at a special ceremony to be held at the company’s offices in Billericay, Essex.

The award, achieved in the year of her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, specifically recognises the significant contribution Ground Control’s application of technology has had on servicing its customers, including live reporting systems that enable the company to respond rapidly to evolving demands. The company, recognised as the fastest growing independent external maintenance and commercial landscaping company, has become an exemplar of innovation in its industry sector and a pioneer of technology across its divisions, delivering a range of services including grounds maintenance, winter maintenance, arboriculture including rail, utilities and amenity services, vegetation management, landscape construction and design, ecology and biodiversity, fencing, roofing, invasive weed management, pest control, specialist external cleaning services and commercial window cleaning.

Commenting on the presentation, Marcus Watson, Ground Control’s Managing Director, said: “We are extremely honoured to receive such a prestigious endorsement for our innovation and service to our customers. Across 45,000 sites throughout the UK, our upwards of 3,000 people working hard to deliver to our customers, are justifiably proud of their personal contribution to this fantastic achievement. This event is for each and every one of our staff to say thank you for their commitment and hard work.”

For anyone wishing to find out more about this event, details can be gained by contacting Ground Control on info@ground-control.co.uk or telephone 01277 650697. For more information about Ground Control, click on https://www.ground-control.co.uk/.

Ground Control Sponsor Billericay Netball Club

Ground Control sponsorGround Control is delighted to be sponsoring local Billericay Netball Club, since they have moved up into the National Premier Leagues!

The team were promoted officially to a Premier 3 side after a whole weekend of gruelling playoffs. Pictured, the ladies celebrate moving out of the Regional League into the National Premier League. Kellie Barrett, PA to the Board of Directors, plays for the team.

Tina Smith, of the club sent us a lovely email:

“On behalf of Billericay Netball Club I would like to thank you for your very generous Sponsorship.

This will go towards the great expense we now incur being in the Premiership League.  We also have another squad that gained entry into Regional League 3. A great achievement, as we are the only club in Essex to have gained entry into the Premiership with another squad into Regional.   All the girls in our club have worked extremely hard in recent years to get to this level. Hopefully with the help of local company’s like yours and the young talented players we have joining the club, we will be able to remain at this level for the foreseeable future.”

Ground Control join Green-Tech in trialling tree pit solutions at Greenwich University

Ground Control Green-Tech Greenwich University tree pit studyOn Wednesday 7th September, Ground Control teamed up with Green-Tech and Greenwich University to deliver a technical tree pit CPD workshop at Hadlow College, near Tonbridge.

The Greenwich University trial project is a 5 year study which aims to test, understand and compare how structural tree planting systems work.

The study involves all the main products on the market at present and is the first time all systems have been installed together in one big test environment. The trial involves the planting of 3 identical tree pits. Although the study is designed to test the structural capabilities and growth within each system, the site used is a soft planting field and won’t be trafficked very frequently. As this is a controlled trial, the dimensions and levels were all set the same.  Products installed include:

  • ArboRaft (Green-Tech)
  • Bourne (ATS)
  • GBU (Stratacell)
  • Deeproot (Silvacell)
  • Landtech (C U Soil)
  • Test control (soft planting in existing soils)

On the day, Ground Control assisted with excavation and installation of anchor, Mona & Rootbarrier within Subsoil / ArborRaft soil level, final compaction of soil to demonstrate that the soil can be compacted without structural damage of the soils, and installation of ArborRaft components.

The products will monitored by Hadlow College students over the 5 year period.

HSQE: Vibration Testing on Machinery

Machiner Testing: Vibration White Finger/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Last month, HSQE Manager Roger Barron travelled the country; from St Andrews to Wembley visiting teams across grounds maintenance, network rail and construction to carry out hand arm/whole body vibration and noise testing on a range of machinery that is used on a day-to-day basis by our teams.

Roger explained; “Using a clever piece of equipment from one of our suppliers has enabled me to undertake significant testing on a number of machines and collate real time data which shows how long an individual can safely use a machine or item of equipment. In conjunction with this, I also carried out noise monitoring and output levels which will help in deciding what level of ear protection is required.”

Vibration White Finger (VWF) has been the most commonly prescribed disease under the Industrial Injuries Disability Benefit (IIDB) scheme for the last ten years however, the number of new cases of VWF has fallen significantly over that period.

“Given this reduction, it is imperative that we proactively monitor ‘trigger time’ and discuss the use of machinery with our operators and the safe limits of use on a regular basis.”

Sufferers from VWF may have a permanent loss of sensation in their fingers, causing difficulty in picking up and manipulating small objects. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may have other occupational causes, such as repetitive twisting or gripping movements of the hand.

Other disorders may also be caused by vibration. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is thought to arise in part from entrapment or compression of nerves in the wrist which could stem from vibration. CTS caused by hand-held vibrating tools was made a prescribed disease from April 1993.

Roger added, “I would like to thank all the Managers and teams for their participation in this monitoring exercise and the results once published will make a real difference in our day to day working environment.”

Ground Control's HSQE Manager, Roger Barron carried out vibration testing on teams across the country.

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Award Winning
The Queen's Awards For Enterprise: Innovation 2016
Multi BALI Award Winners for Maintenance and Landscape Construction
Gold Supplier Award 2010 (silver since 2001)
Gold Medal Award Winners for 6 consecutive golds