Ground Control complete landscaping at Maggie’s at The Christie
Ground Control has recently completed landscape construction works for Maggie’s Centres, at The Christie in Manchester; one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe.
Our client, Maggie’s, and The Christie, recently joined to form a new centre to develop outstanding facilities to offer a more comprehensive level of support for patients and their families.
Designed by world-renowned architect, Lord Norman Foster, Maggie’s offers a peaceful place for people to visit during and after their treatment.
Ground Control worked alongside Landscape Designer, Dan Pearson to create beautiful gardens to surround the Centre, combining a mixture of spaces and colours in a series of micro gardens and internal courtyards.
The centre was formally opened on Tuesday 26th April, inviting architect, Lord Norman Foster and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to do the honours. Both of the prestigious visitors undertook a meet and greet with all the attendees, congratulating the dedicated teams involved in the creation of the centre.
Ground Control began works late December 2015 with final completion on 22nd April 2016 after 16 weeks on site. Elements included both hard and soft landscaping; 280m2 of blue brick paving with bull nose edge details, retaining walls and bespoke brick surrounds to columns, 150m2 of resin bound gravel, loose gravel and Cedec surfaces, raised Oak planters and Oak compost bins, red Cedar sliding gate, and oak benches across the site. Sandstone paving was installed and ramp edge detail with inset lighting, Tarmac footpath and parking bay construction.
Soft landscaping included high profile planting of trees and specimen shrubs sourced in Holland, Perennials, as well as herbs and fruits.
A more challenging element of the project was the installation of granite boulders, which had to be lifted into place through a gap in the building roof by crane.
Ground Control’s Construction Manager, Steve Yates, who managed the project, commented:
“It was an absolute honour to work on such a high profile project. While there were some challenges on site, due to the moderate size of the gardens, our team really pulled together to deliver what is now a wonderful garden.”