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Ground Control scoops four BALI National Landscape Awards recognising outstanding grounds maintenance and construction

Ground Control BALI National Landscape Award winners 2017Ground Control, the UK’s fastest growing external maintenance and commercial landscaping company, has this year been announced as winners across three different categories, taking running total to thirty.

Ground Control’s 4 prestigious awards from the British Association of Landscape Industries represent great success across Grounds Maintenance for the National Maritime Museum, HM Tower of London and Lingley Mere Business Park; with Landscape Construction project Inverness Campus picking up the company’s first BALI Award for Scotland.

Each year the British Association of Landscape Industries award members’ sites and projects which display exemplary levels of professionalism, workmanship and client satisfaction, bringing credit to the landscape industry.

Amongst Ground Control’s winning sites is Royal Museums Greenwich. Ground Control has been maintaining the UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004, with a permanent maintenance team on site to ensure the grounds are kept at show level, ready at all times for the 2.4 million visitors per year to enjoy. Ground Control’s works at the prestigious site span 12 acres surrounding the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory.

Tower of London picked up an award recognising outstanding grounds maintenance across the 1.6 hectare site. Ground Control has been maintaining the Tower of London, one of the UK’s most iconic photographed landmarks, for over 28 years. Visited by 15,000 people per day and with a continuous programme of public and private events undertaken within the grounds all year round, Ground Control’s dedicated team work consistently to ensure the grounds are always in pristine condition.

Lingley Mere Business Park, United Utilities HQ, scooped an award in the Grounds Maintenance Private category. Ground Control has been maintaining the 65 acre site on behalf of EMCOR since 2015, with a dedicated team of three on site caring for grass areas, wildflower areas and large ponds in addition to general maintenance duties, utilising battery powered equipment to meet specific client requirements and cut carbon emissons.

Ground Control is celebrating its first BALI Award for Scotland, with recent Landscape Construction project, Inverness Campus. Awarded in the Grounds Maintenance category for Free Public Access, Ground Control has kept the newly constructed site looking outstanding with ongoing maintenance works.

This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Friday 1st December, bringing together over 900 industry professionals, clients and guests, where winners will find out if they have won a Principal Award, Special Award or the coveted Grand Award.

Ground Control’s Managing Director, Marcus Watson, commented; “We’re delighted to have achieved yet more BALI National Landscape Awards, showcasing the high quality we deliver to our customers each and every day. These awards are a real testament to the hard work and dedication of all our teams who work tirelessly to create, manage and maintain our outdoor spaces. Very well done to all.”

Reflecting on this year’s award process, BALI Chairman Greg Allen said:

“We are rarely disappointed by the standard of workmanship, horticultural knowledge and design expertise we are asked to judge – the hardest task is in sticking to our stringent criteria, which demands we only reward real excellence across the board, with no quarter given when an error, however insignificant, compromises the overall scheme. We are not here to reward achievement of the standards we expect of a BALI member, rather to recognise when members have really excelled and their work represents outstanding delivery.

We have been delighted to judge this year’s entries and I congratulate every winner, who can be enormously proud of their achievements.”

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Ground Control prepare Newcastle Metro ahead of Great North Run

Ground Control repair Metro for Great North RunEarlier this month Ground Control teams worked in full force to prepare Metro Stations across the city ahead of the largest and most prolific running event in the North.

The Great North Run attracts thousands of visitors each year, all gathering in the city to watch some 60,000 runners take on the 13.1 miles across the city.

Named as Newcastle’s busiest weekend of the year with a surge of visitors opting to use the Metro, Ground Control was quick to action to ensure stations were looking at their best for the arrival of the masses.

Ground Control’s works included siding-up trees along stations to allow lighting columns uninterrupted coverage of platforms and clearing all vegetation to 4 metres from track and vertically as well as full site tidy.

Senior Contract Manager, Andrew Birrell chose to spend his day working alongside Rail Site Manager, Owen Haines-Myers and teams to deliver these essential works as part of new Ground Control initiative, ‘One Day in 2017’, where members of the leadership team are invited to spend a day out on the tools with a field team.

Ground Control has been carrying out vegetation clearance works on the Newcastle Metro on behalf of Nexus for 2 years. Contracted works include full clearance working to specification for signal sighting, prevention of leaf fall and ensuring safe access for Nexus staff, removal of dead or dying trees, emergency tree works after poor weather, clearance of specific areas of vegetation for new radio mast installations, 3rd party complaints against specific nuisance trees and tree surveying and reporting for root damaged trees plus stump grinding.

Andrew commented; “It was great to be out working with the team to prepare the Metro for its busiest time of year. We have a big push on safety at the moment to ensure all works are being carried out to Nexus’ standard, and it was good to see the teams supporting this alongside works to meet the client’s technical specification.”

Ground Control vegetation clearance Nexus - Newcastle Metro

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Ground Control Strengthens Winter Maintenance Capabilities Through Strategic Acquisition of Litter Boss

Ground Control GrittingAcquisition of premier winter maintenance business increases nationwide economies of scale and operational efficiencies 

Multi award-winning external maintenance and commercial landscaping company, Ground Control, has acquired winter and exterior maintenance specialist Litter Boss in a move that will not only add hundreds of customers to its portfolio, but also bring the combined skills and experience of over 500 staff into the business. The joining of these two organisations cements Ground Control as the largest specialist gritting and winter maintenance provider in the UK.

Litter Boss, which has its HQ in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, was established over 30 years ago, and has a long history of growth thanks to its renowned excellent service delivery. Primarily focused on winter and exterior maintenance alongside a standalone internal cleaning business, the company has great synergies with Ground Control’s existing client base, not only adding approximately 3,500 sites but also significantly enhancing density across the UK.

Winter maintenance“Bringing Litter Boss into the Ground Control family is a strategic move to increase our winter maintenance capabilities across the UK,” explains Simon Morrish, CEO for Ground Control. “The combined infrastructure, people and innovative systems of our two companies expands our ability to offer customers a worry-free solution for their business continuity needs. Combine this with a comprehensive suite of products and services, and what we have is a market leading winter and exterior maintenance capability that is available to all 24/7.”

Richard Johnson, Winter Maintenance Director of Litter Boss, who will now be Director of Winter Maintenance for the combined business, adds: “I am looking forward to working for Ground Control at a time when services like winter and grounds maintenance are increasingly on the radar of a wider variety of businesses. The combination of our respective portfolios bolsters our position as the leading winter maintenance service provider in the UK, providing unrivalled geographical reach and increased concentration of teams. The challenge of leading this new business excites me enormously.”

As Ground Control heads into the second half of 2017, the company is expecting further growth to all core areas of the business, including maintenance, landscaping, design, arboriculture, pest control as well as winter maintenance.

Simon Morrish concludes: “Over the next 12 months, we will be reviewing the combined strengths within both Litter Boss’ and our grounds maintenance and internal cleaning operations, with a view to integrating operations in this period. In addition, we will continue to explore opportunities for growth that benefit our customers and our people. These are exciting times for Ground Control.”

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Cemetery Approach Gardens officially opens to the public

Ground Control construction project; Cemetery Approach Gardens officially opens to the publicGround Control’s recent landscape construction project for Vale of Glamorgan, Barry, was officially opened last month, unveiling the new transformed space to the community.

Since 2015, Barry Town Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council have been working in partnership to improve the previously derelict site, enlisting Ground Control and architects TDA Landscape Designs to transform the site into an accessible open space for all to enjoy. The new development will act as a gateway to Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery which has Green Flag status, the mark of a top quality outdoor space. It is hope that the new Cemetery Approach Gardens will achieve a similar accolade in the future.

Working as principal contractor, Ground Control’s works included installation of a new road including drainage, paved laybys and ornate bollards, an avenue of trees with integrated cell planting system, large paved areas, stone benches, stone dust paths, fencing and all planting.

Construction Manager Mark Stokes attended the official opening, joining representatives from Barry Town Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Ground Control’s recent landscape construction project for Vale of Glamorgan, Barry, was officially opened last month, unveiling the new transformed space to the community.

 

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Triple Green Flag success for Ground Control

National Maritime Museum becomes the first museum in the country to be awarded a Green Flag, with Croydon Cemetery retaining Green Flag status for a seventh year and Southampton Solent University for a second!

Ground Control, one of the UK’s leading external maintenance and commercial landscaping companies, is proud to reveal that the National Maritime Museum, Croydon Cemetery in Croydon and Southampton Solent University have been awarded Green Flags, marking them as some of the best green spaces in the country.

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the UK and around the world.

The mark of a quality green space, and one of the best in the country.Ground Control has been maintaining the National Maritime Museum since 2004, with a dedicated team on site, led by Head Gardener Scott Downton, to ensure the grounds are always at their best. This year’s Green Flag Award is a first for the museum, who submitted an entry following many great awards celebrated at the site, including British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Awards, and numerous London in Bloom Awards.

Ground Control’s contract with Royal Museums Greenwich covers all elements of grounds maintenance across the 12 acre World Heritage site, surrounding the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House and Royal Observatory.

Marking it once again as one of the best green spaces in the country.Croydon Cemetery is celebrating its 7th consecutive Green Flag this month. Ground Control has been maintaining the cemetery since November 2012 under a contract that includes maintenance of the 51 acre site and involves caring for the 7,000 memorial roses and creating bedding displays as well as keeping the grass, hedges and borders tidy.

The site is maintained by a dedicated team of 7, led by Dave Osborne, which allow us to work in partnership with the client. Our long standing and experienced operatives also offer help with bereavement services, providing assistance with burials and any other matters the client might need to ensure the smooth running of the cemeteries.

Celebrating its second Green Flag Award this year, Southampton Solent University puts it down to a ‘one team’ approach between university teams and Ground Control. Ground Control has been maintaining the grounds at Warsash campus since August 2015, receiving recognition with a Green Flag on the anniversary after the contract began.

Contract Manager, Peter Mountford comments;

“These awards are great testimony to the partnership we hold with these valued customers.  A Green Flag Award requires both input from the client and contractor to ensure a long term effective management plan is in place to protect our green spaces. We are very proud to have supported the National Maritime Museum to achieve their first Green Flag following a strong and successful 14 year partnership; the first museum in Britain to achieve this status!

We’re delighted that Croydon Cemetery has scooped yet another Green Flag, for the fourth year in Ground Control tenure. It is a real credit to the team’s hard work and dedication on site. Well done to all involved.”

Operations Manager, Jim Edwards, added; “We are absolutely delighted with the success of our contract with Solent University to date. To achieve another Green Flag Award is a fantastic achievement and a real testament to our ongoing relationship built by our contracts manager Adam Lee and the truly dedicated team members on site.”

International Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.

“Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

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Ground Control brings RHS Young Designer of the Year gold medal winner’s vision to life

Ula Maria's award-winning garden at RHS Tatton

RHS Young Designer of the Year gold medal winner Ula Maria has designed a contemporary outdoor hot-desk office which aims to transport office workers out of conventional spaces and into a serene and earthy environment. The space, which has been brought to life by the UK’s fastest growing landscaping company Ground Control, features desks that are interspersed with gnarled pine trees and a pergola with varying degrees of shade and roofing that offers a range of interesting working conditions.

'Studio Unwired' build by Ground Control

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Ground Control join Essex Wildlife Trust for cake bake fundraiser

Last month, Ground Control took part in Essex Wildlife Trust’s Great Garden Cake Bake fundraiser. With great involvement from the whole team at Ground Control’s HQ in Billericay, 15 bakers took part, bringing some very colourful and inventive cakes along to sell, raising a fantastic £320 including Ground Control’s match funding! All bakers were given wildflower seeds and herb plants on the day as thanks for their efforts.

Keen baker and wildlife enthusiast; Business Analyst Amanda Fallan, was delighted to get involved; “It was a brilliant day, bringing the whole team together in the name of wildlife, and cake of course! We really enjoyed it; a great opportunity to raise money for Essex Wildlife in our 11th year of membership.”

Ground Control take part in Essex Wildlife Trust - Bake Sale

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Ground Control Exhibit at Facilities Show 2017

Ground Control at the Facilities Show, ExCeL LondonThis month, Ground Control was back at London’s ExCeL for the Facilities Show, the UK’s largest FM event. Each year the show brings in more than 11,000 FM professionals, plus a further 34,000 professionals form the security, health & safety, field service and fire industries.

It was our 3rd year taking part in the show, which continues to be a very successful few days for us, putting us in front of many FM professionals and decision makers across the industry.

Sales & Marketing Director, Andrew Hollyer commented on the show’s success; “I am pleased to say this show was one of our most successful to date with over 50 recorded solid leads and some fantastic opportunities across the retail, rail, construction, FM and property sectors.

We received significant interest in a range of our services, including Grounds Maintenance, Arb Utility, Arb Rail and Winter Maintenance to name a few, many of which resulted in strong sales leads. In addition, we made various improvements to the stand, including featuring an interactive game using tailor made models of the innovative RoboFlail robotic mower, whereby we invited visitors on to the stand to take part in a timed trial. Overall, feedback has been extremely positive.”

Ground Control at Facilities Show 2017

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30-strong Ground Control team take part in charity Race4Business

Ground Control team at Birketts' Race4Business in aid of SNAPOn 15th June, we took part in Birketts’ annual Race4Business, tackling the 3.5m run amidst the heatwave to raise money for SNAP!

We have been taking part in the annual Race4Business event for 10 years, raising money for many different charities. This year’s event took place on Thursday 15th June to help raise funds for SNAP, which is the chosen charity for this event for 2017. All proceeds from the race will be helping them provide life-changing support to Essex families affected by disability. Our efforts will help SNAP with its vital and ongoing drive to ‘Strengthen Families’ by providing specialist training talks and activity sessions.

In total, we raised a fantastic £1046.60 for this very deserving charity; from the race entry fees and sponsorship money from our recent client golf day.

http://www.snapcharity.org/

Ground Control team at Race4Business 2017

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Ground Control achieve full re-approval as Arb Association Contractors

Arb Association Ground ControlGround Control has once again achieved Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor status, recognising high standards of tree works, safety and efficiency.

Nearly 40 years ago the AA established its Approved Contractor scheme to set the standard for tree work – an industry not regulated by government but one that cares for the largest living organisms on the planet in some of the most hostile growing environments.

The ARB Approved Contractor scheme offers a recognised benchmark for arboricultural contracting throughout the UK and Ireland and is increasingly required by Local Authorities and other large commercial organisations, acting as a quality mark assuring the client of good quality tree care undertaken safely and efficiently.

Ground Control’s Arb division was first accredited with AA Approved Contractor status in 2014, becoming reapproved following a stringent process that involved overseeing 4 areas of examination:

  • Worksite safety inspection
  • Work quality inspection and Arboricultural knowledge
  • Customer care and office procedures
  • Health and Safety management and workplace inspection

Director of Arboriculture and Rail Services, Peter Allen commented;

“This accreditation is a fantastic recognition of the skills and professionalism of the Arb team. It is an excellent example of integrated working and will continue to provide opportunities across the business, securing us as a key player in the field. Huge thanks go to James Sadler, Sean Stanley, Alan Richardson, Paul Shaw, Oliver Dickson, Matt Allen, Matt Culley and Carl Powell for their support.”

 

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Progress at latest construction project; Maritime Streets

Ground Control Maritime Streets, BarrowWe are well underway with works at Maritime Streets in Barrow-in-Furness! Working on behalf of Barrow Borough Council, and alongside architects Farrer Huxley Associates, Ground Control is undertaking landscaping works as part of a government funded scheme to redevelop and revive the previously poor residential environment to a sustainable location for urban living, working and leisure.

Valued at £1.3m over a 7 month term, Ground Control is undertaking regeneration works, replacing old roads, paths and kerbs, and installing street furniture, planting, seating and play areas with many bespoke and unique products.

With works coming along nicely ahead of the August completion date, the team has been faced with a number of challenges throughout the project. As part of a larger regeneration project, which includes the surrounding apartments, our works are taking place in the middle of an existing building site that has both live traffic and pedestrian access throughout. Our teams have been working hard to ensure minimal disruption is caused, although it is a very busy project.

Ground Control construction at Maritime StreetsTechnically, this is a very challenging scheme. Bespoke products create problems never encountered before that need to be overcome. This includes installation of products from many different suppliers; concrete ‘totems’, 3 and 4m high, benches and walls, and 4m high steel and timber canopies that are still in the final design stages prior to manufacture.

Another challenge has been the general location of the project. It is quite geographically removed from other works whilst the area is also being subject to a massive influx of work, generated by the government’s decision to replace the Trident nuclear submarines and by off-shore windfarms.

Senior Contracts Manager, Phil Townsend who is leading the project, commented on the project so far;

“It has all been done very much with a ‘team’ ethic and with GC taking a very proactive role to help overcome challenges on site. We’ve come a long way, but we still have much to do and many more challenges lie ahead. Following engagement with local residents, the response to what we are doing has been terrific and we have been thanked by many just for being here! We are all looking forward to revealing a much improved, high quality area to the residents.”

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Ground Control supports Alder Hey Children’s Trust on new development project at Springfield Park

Ground Control support Alder Hey Children’s Trust on new development project at Springfield ParkAs part of our continued partnership with Alder Hey, following our delivery of hard and soft landscaping across the site and recently awarded Grounds Maintenance contract, we have been supporting the hospital Trust on a local community project.

As the first hospital in Europe to be built in a park, Alder Hey Trust has been seeking other ways to enhance the natural environment and empower the local community to interact with nature. Taking over and developing the local Springfield Park, Alder Hey Trust is aiming to create an exciting, innovative, inclusive, sustainable greenspace for Liverpool, fostering health and wellbeing for generations to come.

Supporting Alder Hey’s ‘Grow Your Own’ initiative, Ground Control has donated soil, wood sleepers and gardening tools to enable the local community, patients and staff to plant and grow organic ingredients on-site, to be used in patient meals. The idea is to reduce food mileage and ensure the patients have a healthy diet promoting recovery.  Recipes will be available for the public to identify ingredients that they can pick from the park to help promote a healthier diet in what is a deprived area.

Philip Rogers who manages the contract commented; “It’s great that we can support Alder Hey in this way, further developing the community and supporting their aims to inspire other healthcare providers to follow suit. There’s a lot going on at the park throughout the summer, with many community events and projects involving children from the hospital. Myself and the team down there are proud to be supporting in any way we can.”

Ground Control and Alder Hey Children’s Trust team up on new development project at Springfield Park

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Ground Control join RoSPA at Buckingham Palace for Centenary Garden Party

Ground Control attend Buckingham Palace for RoSPA's 100th Birthday CelebrationsGround Control was delighted to be invited to RoSPA’s Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace last month. The prestigious event, hosted by HRH The Duke of York and HRH Princess Eugenie of York, took place on Thursday 25th May, inviting the safety charity’s supporters, members, award winners, friends and staff to join their 100th birthday celebrations.

Ground Control was recently awarded with its 7th consecutive RoSPA Gold Medal, recognising the company’s continued dedication to occupational health and safety and the wellbeing of its staff and community.

National Training Manager, Neil Huck, and National HSQE Compliance Manager, Mark Curry, attended the lavish event, joining hosts The Duke and Princess, who were attending on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, RoSPA’s Patron.

Mark Curry commented: “It was an absolute Honour to have attended this fantastic day, a once in a life time opportunity to join RoSPA in the celebration of 100 years of dedicated work since 1917. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a British charity that aims to save lives and prevent life-changing injuries which occur as a result of accidents. Their work is centred on two simple statements, their mission and vision; to save lives and reduce injuries, and to lead the way on accident prevention.

Accidents remain the biggest threat to all of us, both at work and home, including our families. Children are at particular risk, with a shocking 450,000 children ending up in A&E every year following an accident at home. That’s almost one child every minute; with this in mind I was very proud to meet others that share the same passion and celebrate RoSPA’s good work in a wonderful setting.”

Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s acting chief executive, said: “We were delighted to share such a special occasion with our many guests, and in particular HRH The Duke of York and HRH Princess Eugenie, to whom we were able to demonstrate our important and extensive work through those they met.

“We want to thank all of those who attended, and the many other friends of RoSPA from around the world, as it is because of them that we can continue working to save lives and reduce injuries.”

RoSPA Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

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Ground Control to exhibit at Facilities Show: 20th-22nd June

Facilities Show 2017 - Ground Control

Coming up next week we’re exhibiting at the Facilities Show, marketing our services to the FM industry as part of the UK’s largest FM event!

In June, we will be back at London’s ExCeL at the Facilities Show, the UK’s largest FM event. Each year the show brings in more than 11,000 FM professionals, plus a further 34,000 professionals form the security, health & safety, field service and fire industries.

We first took part in the event in 2015, which proved to be a very successful few days for us.

Last year, we improved our stand to better attract potential new customers, creating a bespoke display to showcase our services based on the seasons. This includes a large summer maintenance panel with roboflail and a winter gritting truck ploughing snow. We also had a hawk on the stand for the duration of the show, promoting our pest control capability.

This year we are improving the stand yet again, adding a new panel to promote our other services as well as an interactive feature, allowing visitors to have a go at controlling a miniature roboflail around some banked areas.

The Facilities Show runs from the 20th – 22nd June this year, and is part of the Protection and Management Series which features Service Management Expo, Safety & Health Expo, Firex International, and IFSEC International.

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Ground Control reduce emissions on United Utilities contract

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At the end of April we introduced battery powered grounds maintenance equipment to our United Utilities, EMCOR UK contract at Lingley Mere Business Park, UU head office.

Continuing our focus on innovation, sustainability, and reduction of our carbon footprint, we have invested £2000 in brand new battery powered equipment, adding a blower, long arm hedgecutter, short arm hedgecutter and strimmer to the contract at Lingley Mere.

The new equipment was issued to our DE team at the end of April, and has enabled us to better fulfil our contract with United Utilities at their head office. A lot of our work surrounds clean water testing labs, where petrol powered equipment is not suitable due to potential contamination of the water quality testing. The new equipment removes the need for slower manual equipment near the building, giving our team on site more time to further improve the site standards.

As well as reducing the burning of fossil fuels, our new eco-friendly equipment greatly reduces noise pollution on the estate for site users and all wildlife present. We use zero emission handheld tools on numerous sites around the country, including the National Maritime Museum.

Regional Contracts Manager, Luke Plass, who manages the contract, commented; “It’s becoming more and more important for us to work in ways that are sustainable, reducing our carbon footprint. The tools have proved much easier and safer to use, as they eradicate the severe vibration that comes with using petrol powered tools.  Our continued partnership with United Utilities is testament to our team’s hard work on this contract, and we are pleased to be able to continue an outstanding service delivery in-line with their requirements.”

Ground Control introduce battery powered tools at Lingley Mere on United Utilities contract

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Ground Control expand works at Countesswells

Ground Control was awarded the soft landscaping for the new Countesswells settlement in Aberdeen by WM Donald, as part of a £1billion build by developer Stewart Milne Homes.

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Following our win with WM Donald, and off the back of our great client relationships andquality of work, the main contractor Stewart Milne Homes has awarded Ground Control with more work direct to them. This includes another project at Newburgh.

The new parkland surrounding the new development provides play parks, walking and cycling routes, bridges, bridal paths and an orchard, acting as a link between Countesswells Woods and Hazlehead Woods. As well as providing opportunities for recreation and habitat for wildlife, the parkland provides part of the Sustainable Urban Drainage System at Countesswells. This includes drainage networks consisting of basins and pipes which collect water, preventing downstream flooding and deterioration in water quality, by slowing the rate at which the water reaches the watercourse.

As part of the new drainage system, Ground Control planted wildflowers in the basins to provide a colourful and ecologically rich habitat for the environment to flourish. Installation of amenity grass on south facing banks provides sunny places to sit, with large boulders placed in the base of the basins to provide shelter and habitat for small animals and insects. Over 570 trees have been planted to provide further habitat opportunities helping to ensure the parkland at Countesswells becomes a rich habitat for wildlife, as well as a park for people.

In addition to this, and bringing the area to life over a 20 week period, Ground Control delivered a range of elements including; shrub and woodland planting, amenity and wildflower turfing, lime ameliorating to improve soil, as well as assisting with a 3km root barrier installation.

A very exciting project to be a part of, watch this space!

Countesswells

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Works progress at Nine Elms, Vauxhall

Ground Control was enlisted by Barratt London to undertake landscape construction works across the site, working alongside architect James Gregory of Broadway Malyan to create beautiful courtyards and terraced gardens atop the roof of the new development.Ground Control is well under-way with works at latest landscape construction project on behalf of Barratt London.

The new Nine Elms Point development in Vauxhall, London, consists of 645 stylish studio apartments ranging from £650,000 to £3,000,000, spread across 7 buildings.

Ground Control was enlisted by Barratt London to undertake landscape construction works across the site, working alongside architect James Gregory of Broadway Malyan to create beautiful courtyards and terraced gardens atop the roof of the new development.

As well as new apartments, the new Nine Elms scheme includes a new Sainsbury’s, covering the first 4 floors of the block; the biggest Sainsbury’s in Europe. All of Ground Control’s work sits above this, on the 4th floor podium meaning that all materials must be craned up to this level.

Since commencing the £2.8m project in May last year, teams are close to completion working to tight deadlines required by the client. So far, elements installed include, shrubs and trees; sourced and approved by the architect before the contract commenced, laying resin, laying copings to planters, plastering planters, paving, granite setts, oak timber benches, irrigation systems, a water feature, a pond and rills including granite cladding and natural Norstone cladding surrounds, boulders and stepping timber blocks to the courtyard and central area, as well as laying areas of turf across the site, paving and planting works on the ground floor access road.

The current phase of works is set for completion in July 2017, with works on the new granite entrance completing in August 2018.

Construction Manager for the project, Jim Bennett commented; “Works are coming along brilliantly at Nine Elms. It’s been a real team effort, and we are delighted with how it’s going. It’s been challenging at times, but everyone has played their part to deliver an outstanding job. I am really looking forward to seeing it come together as we get closer to the end product.”

Further updates to follow! Watch this space.

Ground Control managers at current landscape construction project; Nine Elms, Vauxhall

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Ground Control picks up 7th prestigious RoSPA Award

Ground Control collect 7th RoSPA Gold Medal at annual RoSPA AwardsGround Control Ltd is a winner at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017!

Ground Control has achieved the Gold Medal Award for 7 consecutive Golds, in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Ground Control was presented with the award during a ceremony at ExCeL, London on Tuesday 20th June 2017, where the company also exhibited at the Facilities Show. The award has been achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in its 61st year.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year”.

Ground Control’s HSQE Compliance Officer, Carl Powell commented; “What a great achievement, our 7th consecutive Gold Medal Award from RoSPA! Thanks go to all our teams, for their continued commitment and dedication to health and safety; for checking their machines, reporting near misses, participating in audits, delivering toolbox talks, preparing risk assessments and working safely each and every day – all of which is a real credit to the HSQE team’s hard work and determination to promote safe working practice across the board. We are very proud to have achieved this fantastic recognition once again. Well done and thank you to all.”

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Collaborative working to support our clients

Ground Control Anglian Water tree worksEarlier this month, Ground Control’s Arb division was enlisted by our Maintenance team to carry out specialist works for our client, Anglian Water.

Works included the removal of 12 Wellingtonia trees at Anglian Water’s sewerage treatment works site in Cambridge.

Ground Control successfully delivered the works over a period of 3 days, with a 10-man strong team of professionals to get the job done. Led by Contract Delivery Manager, James Sadler; the team included Project Manager Chris Inglis, Arborists Paul Shaw, Matt Culley, Matt Allen and Oliver Dickson, and FT member Chris Harley from AF Contractors. Sean Stanley and Joe Hyde-Pulley from GC’s mechanisation division, Castor Arb, were on hand to operate the excavator. HSQE Manager, Roger Barron was on-site for 2 days providing essential health and safety support throughout the high risk elements of the project.

Emerson Crane Hire was brought in to assist with contract lift on the final day; once again ensuring the smooth running of another successful project.

James Sadler who managed the project commented; “Very impressive collaborative working on this project, with 3 of GC’s arb teams working together to support our grounds maintenance team deliver a rounded service. We are proud to celebrate broad collective knowledge and experience to be able to take these projects on. We completed works 3 days ahead of schedule, which is a result of hard work and dedication of the whole team who worked long shifts for the duration of the project. A great team effort, huge thanks to all.”

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Wear a Hat Day – Brain Tumour Research

Ground Control take part in Wear a Hat Day as part of Brain Tumour Awareness monthOn Friday 31st March, we celebrated ‘Wear a Hat Day’ as part of Brain Tumour Awareness Month!

We raised a fantastic £832.64 for this very worthy charity! From cake sales, pin badges and wristbands, to our lunchtime quiz which was held at HQ…many thanks to all the team for taking part!

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable! As the only national charity dedicated to funding long-term, sustainable research in the UK, Brain Tumour Research needs our help.

This is a charity very close to our hearts. Very sadly, Team Leader, Trevor Johnson recently lost his grandson to this terrible disease. In his memory, we wanted to support Trevor in helping fund ongoing research to save the lives of others.

For more information, visit: https://www.braintumourresearch.org

Wear A Hat Day 2017

 

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