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Double win for Ground Control at BALI National Landscape Awards

Double win for Ground Control at BALI National Landscape Awards

Ground Control, the UK’s fastest growing external maintenance and commercial landscaping company, has this year been announced as winners in 2 different categories, taking running total to 33.

Ground Control’s 2 prestigious awards from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) represent great success in Landscape Construction at recent projects; Elephant Park in London and Calverley Adventure Grounds in Tunbridge Wells.

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.

Ground Control is this year amongst 67 BALI members to be announced as award winners in these prestigious awards. Celebrating wins in 2 categories; Regeneration Scheme over £500k, and Community and Schools Development, Ground Control further cements its success as an industry leader, creating outstanding landscape schemes to benefit the communities across the country.

Elephant Park scooped an award in the Regeneration Scheme category recognising the outstanding improvement to the area which was the former Heygate Estate, Southwark. Originally constructed in the mid 1970’s, the estate was a popular place to live and featured central communal gardens, however, towards the end of its time became run down and experienced high rates of crime. The area felt by some as more of a slum than a community was emptied of residents in 2013 with much heated debate. The flats were demolished in 2014 to mark the beginning of the £2.3billion regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area.

Elephant Park is now the largest new green space in Central London for 70 years, hugely supporting the sustainability goals of the wider regeneration project, greatly improving the quality of life of the surrounding community.

Ground Control’s winning entry in the Community and Schools Development category; Calverley Adventure Grounds, is a children’s play area situated within the popular historic Calverley Grounds. Driven by the local community in a bid to improve a disused and dilapidated area of the park, volunteers set out to raise money to fund the project, exceeding their total within a year. As well as arranging fundraising events, local businesses and trusts were also engaged in the campaign to sponsor elements of the play area such as community wall, and play equipment.

Ground Control’s Managing Director, Marcus Watson, commented;

“What an honour to add more BALI National Landscape Awards to our collection! We are delighted to have achieved this recognition for both Elephant Park and Calverley Adventure Grounds; showcasing the high quality we deliver to our customers each and every day. They are both excellently executed projects, and these awards are a real testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved who work tirelessly to create, manage and maintain our outdoor spaces. Very well done to all.”

BALI’s Chief Executive, Wayne Grills, commented;

“The standard of entries this year has been really spectacular, indicating that private, commercial and public clients are prepared to invest in quality to achieve the schemes they want. Our members have delivered on a grand scale. They have used the latest techniques, technology and materials to push the boundaries in terms of solving the design, construction and maintenance challenges presented by budget constraints and climatic conditions.”

BBC Breakfast anchor and sports journalist Dan Walker will host the ceremony at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, on Friday, 7 December when the winners of the Principal and Special Awards, and the coveted Grand Award, will be announced. Full details of the winning entries can be found at www.baliawards.co.uk

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