Bat & Bird Boxes
With many new builds and landscape installations we are seeing part of the planning permission conditions include an Ecology Report on the development area. One such project we are working on, Teddington Riverside, an Ecological Mitigation and Enhancement Scheme report by The Ecology Consultancy has recommended specific measures to meet these requirements. We are familiar with the coordination of purchasing and installing Bat & Bird boxes having installed many during the QEOP Olympic Park build. The report identifies new opportunities for nesting birds so we have installed eight on the larger trees on the development. There are two types of Bird box, made from woodcrete, the Schwegler 1 MR and Open-Fronted Nest Box 2MR which will be suitable for a wide range of garden bird species. Additionally, we have installed eight Bat boxes, again from Schwegler the IFF is made from woodcrete and long lasting. These boxes will insulate occupants from extremes of temperature and condensation and are longer lasting compared to wooden boxes.
Christmas Trees Install
On Friday night the 30th November our operatives installed eight Christmas Trees in Canary Wharf. This is a regular annual installation taken on by us where we install four 30ft Norwegian Spruce trees within Cabot Square, one above the steps next to the Reuters Building and three at Crossrail Place. The Cabot Square trees are lifted by a 130-tonne crane and careful planning is needed to ensure, in the first instance, that the weather is favourable as any indication of a windy day or approaching storm (such as Storm Diana which was threatening the install leading up to 30th November) then potentially delays are possible. The overnight installation is a recent development, this being our third year in doing so. The requirement for traffic management is easier at night with fewer buses so less congestion and of course not the number of public to inconvenience.
Night Time Tree Install
It is not unusual for us to install mature trees within our programme of works, just take a look at the Battle Bridge Place Oak Tree on the King Cross Development page as an example. However, being called upon to install a mature 90cm girth Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) on a bridge over a London Tube line requires precise planning and coordination with several stakeholders and involves night time work for our team. Once the necessary authorisations are in place, a date was set and at 2am in the morning our team were ready to lift the tree and place it in the previously dug tree pit at Principal Place London EC2. With an installation window of only a couple of hours between the last and first Tube we had to get it right…no room for errors!
We are proud sponsors of the Otford Utd Juniors FC Wanderers Under 16s football team by providing support for the team's kit. The lads are well into the new footballing season playing within the Crowborough & District League and have had a reasonable start to the season. We wish them well for their remaining matches.
Four years on and we are still very active within Crest Nicholson's Finberry new homes development in Ashford Kent. Having just completed the Finberry Village Centre Play Area we are now continuing with landscaping works which include hedgerow plants, tree installations, timber benches, play and sports equipment installations will commence in one of the new neighbourhoods known as Captain's Wood. The play area equipment involves the installation of various units such as a Forest Bug Springer, Triple Balance Beam, Entry Seesaw Nest swing, Village House, a climbing structure and Hexagonal Swing.
Principal Place London
We are back having been instructed to install the hard & soft landscaping for this desirable residential development in the east side of the City of London. The scope of works comprises shallow drainage, ductwork and MEP containment, EPS and subbase, concrete topping slabs, street furniture, architectural metalwork and soft landscaping. The site is divided into Zones and is progressively released by Multiplex to us in sequence.
Phase 1 of our works were completed by installing the soft landscaping for the Marketing Suite. This involved removing the existing hard & soft landscaping in-situ and replace with new paving and the planting of shrubs. Now that one of the new prestigious apartment buildings is complete the Marketing Suite has moved within this building and we have installed the landscaping around the apartment. Other phases include hard & soft landscaping continuing around the complete build including the installation a small number of activity pieces.
White Hart Lane London
The new stadium has had its challenges from a construction point of view, but the final phase of the new Spurs ground is in sight. We are now able to go on site to install the soft landscaping in a number of areas. The immediate phase of our works is the planting of the 42 semi mature trees with girths ranging from 100 to 120mm. We are also planting 7,500 shrubs, installing 10 bespoke planters, a podium garden, 3 irrigation systems and 3 stair way gardens!
RBS Head Quarters Scotland
Willerby Landscapes have again secured the maintenance contract for this prestigious BALI Award for Maintenance site for a further 4 years! We have been proud custodians of the campus grounds for over 15 years and the extension to our contract is testament to our team of operatives, most of whom have been working on the grounds for all these years. The Willerby team work closely with the client and supports various RBS employee community programs along with providing a monthly newsletter on what is going on within the landscape.