February has been a fantastic month where we have seen the industries confidence post Brexit and the general election filtering through to ourselves.
We have started a large vegetation and tree clearance project for long standing clients, Wavensmere Homes at their soon to be released site Nightingale Quarter in the centre of Derby. We look forward to implementing other tasks on site such as the Stump Grinding, Tree Protection Fencing, Hoarding and some permanent fencing to the boundary of the site.
We have been working from the offset for CALA Homes (Midlands) on their stunning site 59 Lansdown in Cheltenham and they have added Continental panels to the rear gardens along with the below Pleached Photinia’s which we sourced from Italy and installed a total of 36 trees which look stunning even if we say so ourselves.
Our Grounds Maintenance division will be kept even busier than normal with new contracts awarded and existing clients renewing their contracts. We look forward to maintaining Hayfield Homes site, Hayfield Green in Oxfordshire which includes their Sales Arena, Open Spaces, verges and Stock Plots. Bellway Homes have renewed their contracts for Evelyn Gardens near Burton upon Trent and Dove Manor near Ashbourne and decided to enhance the package we offer to add even more WOW to the already impressive site.
A lot of our clients have also add plenty of seasonal colour to their site this month to include hanging baskets, troughs, mangers and an array of plants that will off instant and long lasting colour. This really brightens up the areas and helps fill any gaps within beds. We have also carried out audits on all the Show Homes we maintain to review is any plants or trees have been lost or struggling due to the wet winter and replaced or remediated where required.
Our in-house Customer Care teams have been busy this month and with the amount of rain recently we have seen a spike in drainage issues been reported to the house builder. Headed up by a highly experienced manager Steve Abbotts can assess and ascertain if there is a genuine issue or it is due to the high levels of rainfall the county has experienced in the past 5 months. Below is a typical example of the kind of work we are undertaking on a weekly if not daily basis. Here is a lawn lift and relay we undertook. We excavated 100mm of topsoil out, carried out drainage improvement works before importing 100mm of high quality root zone topsoil and finished with our premium grade turf. Our mantra is to always leave the property we have undertaken work in as cleaner and if not cleaner than before we arrived and that is testament to our teams going the extra mile and working to our high standards.
The year has started well at PGE HQ. Shame we cannot say the same about the weather. Our teams have been amazing during the past three months whereby we have had 500mm of rainfall. The conditions have not been kind but they have all soldiered on and kept delivering quality schemes for our clients.
Our training schedule has continued as we finished 2019. We have enrolled a further three employees onto the LANTRA Level 2 Diploma in Fencing which has started this month. They will cover 9 units during the training programme and we will enrol further staff onto the programme throughout the year. Our Grounds Maintenance Teams are also having refresher or full training to obtain their PA1 & PA6 licenses to allow them to apply herbicide and pesticides whilst undertaking their daily tasks on our clients sites and with ever changing legislation we feel it is paramount to keep them up to date.
We have been advised that cable strikes have occurred recently on new build sites (luckily none of our sites nor by us) but we have a refresher cause booked in for a weekend to remind our staff of the importance of using a CAT & Genny before breaking ground along with obtaining a permit to dig.
Our Customer Care Teams have been busy bees in January with some fantastic feedback from homeowners and clients. Here is a during and after picture of a front lawn we replaced this month:
Roll on the better weather!!!
As October came to a close this saw our financial end of year and what a year. We have seen many positive changes in the past 12 months from a refreshed Contract Management structure with the addition of a new role of Site Contract Manager to help support our Contract Managers. This is due to business growth and to ensure our high customer service standards are met at all times.
We have invested heavily in new machinery to offer additional services and ensure our machinery meets the latest H&S requirements. To include two Kubota ride-on mowers, which will allow us to operate more efficiently and improves the aesthetical finish. Two Grillo Pedestrian power units were a great investment as multiple attachments can be put onto the machine and currently we have flail mower attachments for those over grown areas and heavy duty rotovators for harder ground. We will be adding additional attachments this year. Our Grounds Maintenance teams had all their machinery replaced from their pedestrian mowers, strimmer’s, hedge cutters through to their knap sack sprayers and we have seen an improvement in repair and service costs since.
Our Sales Team have also been busy bees and managed to increase our client base substantially over the past 12 months with the addition of 12 new clients within the construction industry. This equated to us been awarded 24 new sites over the last 12 months. All these sites have now started and happy to report going very well.
We are looking forward to what the 2019/20 year will bring and continuing to drive the business forward.
October was a busy month for our Sales Department with 5 new sites awarded. A great team effort by all has secured these contracts and they have all been handed over to our Contract Managers to start implementing the works and liaising with the various site teams.
We are also constructing the Sales Arena and Show Gardens for Hayfields Homes soon to be open new site, Hayfield Place in Silsoe. The doors open on Saturday 9th November for what will be a lovely site and pleased we could assist in the implementation of their Sales Arena.
Our training programme is still going strong and we have two members of our Ground Maintenance Department now trained in herbicide application (weed spraying). They both successful passed their PA1 & PA6 modules with flying colours. Well done Curnal and Thomas.
We attended a new event to PGE in October. Specific is a regular event held across the country to introduce suppliers and new products to architects, contractors and construction industry professionals. Along with world leading speakers within their respective their fields it was a great event to attend and we are now signed up for all their Birmingham events.
July seems to of flown by in the blink of an eye and we have had an eventful month. The weather has been mixed which at times has been testing seeing extreme temperatures to torrential rain.
Recruitment & Training:
Our company is expanding! The recruitment campaign we’re running is still going strong as we are growing our team and looking to fill several roles at all levels. We’re currently seeking experienced and hardworking individuals to help build and strengthen our teams. We’re looking for anyone who fits the criteria and wants to work for a forward-thinking, dynamic business.
Interested in working for us? Know someone who would be a good fit? Head to our website and check out the Careers section for more information and get in touch today. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
As a company, one of our core values is to invest and develop our staff’s skills, and we’ve continued to do so this past month. Our newest team members successfully passed their ROLO training and CSCS card test, meaning they are now able to join in and actively work on our projects. Congratulations to them!
We’ve also added dumper training to our list of training programs we offer for staff and had two successful participants already. A big congratulations to them as well, as their team can now work on any projects that require digger and dumper work.
- A new client joins our ever expanding list and we are pleased to be working with Duchy Homes new Midlands regional office on their stunning site set overlooking the River Avon in Welford upon Avon. We will be starting at the beginning of August the construction of the Show Home and the landscaping to the entrance prior to commencing the site landscaping in the near future
- After many consultation meetings with the Sales department of L&Q we have been awarded the landscaping package for their first site outside of London for their newly setup Counties region. Their first site called Birnam Mews in the desirable village setting of Tiddington on the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon are set to open their Marketing Suite at the end of August and we will be implementing the landscaping to their stunning Pod that had been purpose built for their early sales opportunities prior to the Show Home been available. We cannot wait to get started on this exiting project.
- It has been a busy month for Play Areas as well. We have completed the installation of two this month. One for Hayfield Homes at their Great Bourton site, Hayfield Views which included a Rubber surface and the other for Bellway Homes. Both were of different design principles and showcase how we work with our clients to deliver a first class service and project
- We have one project we have enjoyed working on come to an end at a Care Home for Black Country Housing Group in Kingswinford. The last element was to turf a 2,500m2 area which, during the construction of the Care Home was left unattended so we had to first tackle the ‘jungle’ by clearing weeds up to 1.8m high in areas and apply a systemic weed killer before allowing us to cultivate the soil ready for turfing. A great effort by the team ensured we completed the turfing within 7 days of starting and sure you will agree looks fantastic now it is completed
- One of our suppliers asked if they could write an article on a project we completed in 2018 which has now been published as they supplied the Wild Flower turf for the project. The project involved the soil cultivation of circa 2300m2 and laying 1000m2 of Wild Flower Turf and 1300m2 of Amenity turf. The area can an attenuation pond which had previously been seeded and not created the desired effect of giving the residents an immediate and aesthetically pleasing area to overlook and enjoy.
For the full article please click here
- Something a little different was started this month for McCarthy & Stone where were asked to install a communal Bin Store. This included digging out for the installation of a concrete pad prior to us constructing on site a bespoke timber structure to house all the refuge bins. Further updates to follow with pictures once completed
- Our Grounds Maintenance division continues to grow with an additional site under contract and a further three contract renewals which showcases our endeavours to be the contract or choice for our clients
In other news we attended the opening of Great Bourton Community Hall which was constructed by Hayfield Homes as part of their development, Hayfield Views. Mark Booth, the MD of Hayfield Homes handed over the keys to the Parish Council and was a well-received gift to the community of Great Bourton.