The team at GP Plantscape are excited to announced that we have won three National Landscape Awards.
The awards are presented by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), the leading trade association for landscape professionals.
During the summer, judges visited every UK entry before an adjudication meeting to review and select the award-winning schemes.
GP Plantscape’s awards fall into three different categories.
In the category of Grounds Maintenance – Limited Public Access, GP Plantscape won the award for our impact at Maxim Park, Eurocentral where we have been carrying out the landscape maintenance since 2011.
Part of Maxim’s strategy is to improve wellbeing on-site by enticing staff into the beautifully landscaped grounds to connect with nature, promoting a better work life balance.
Working closely with the management team, GP Plantscape also help to support Maxim Park’s ESG strategy by improving methodologies and processes to minimise impact on the environment.
The judges said: ‘Overall the team should be very proud of the work they are doing and excited about the opportunity they have to make this commercial park into a real statement in the local area. Landscape maintenance is changing for the better, value is being put back into our work and parks like this can lead the way in creating a positive daily experience for the workforce that use them.”
Over the last 12 months a constant GP presence on site has contributed towards improving the quality of the service delivery. The core team of Adam Godwin, Kieran Foster, Dale Weightman and Colin Smith deserve a particular mention for their knowledge, skill and hard work on the contract.
Interior Landscape Maintenance
When the investment company, Abrdn, refurbished their Edinburgh head office in 2021, GP Plantscape installed over 200 interior units over 6 floors on behalf of ISS.
Included in the design scheme are a zen garden, Mediterranean area, open plan office space divisions and artificial planting in the basement well being zone.
Since the installation, interior landscape technicians, Allison Walkinshaw and Lesley Ireland have expertly maintained the displays to an excellent standard, resulting in an interior maintenance award.
On a single maintenance visit, each technician clocks up 6 miles going round the offices.
Allison said: “Lesley and I work well together and we are always pleased with the plants, but it’s really nice that someone else agrees.
“We know that the customer is happy, award or no award, people are always coming up to us and saying how much they love the plants, but it’s great to get some recognition for our work.
“I’m really pleased.”
Megan Keen, senior workplace manager – banking, ISS, said: “The support we get from GP Plantscape is absolutely brilliant. The onsite team are knowledgeable on the requirements on the individual areas and always provide feedback on what needs to be done to keep the plants in optimal condition.”
Whilst the judge commented: “It was a pleasure to judge such high-quality work which is obviously making a big impact for your client.
Finally, in the category of interior installation, an orangery project in a Scottish baronial house came out on top, earning a national award.
GP’s Lex Kennedy, interior landscaping manager and Elaine Carrington, sales manager, took the clients vision and created a multipurpose space reminiscent of a roaring 1920’s conservatory which could be a setting for vibrant events, dining and intimate parties yet could also be a calming and relaxing space.
To create a Mediterranean feel, citrus trees and vines are surrounded by lush green plants including strelitzia, yucca and beaucarnea. To finish the scheme four Vitchia (Adonidia) Merrilli in terracotta pots were installed to accentuate the Mediterranean aura and complement the interior design. Stepping into the orangery you can feel an instant calming effect from the enveloping greenery and soothing sounds of water running in the two small circular ponds.
Our installations team, Drew Walker and David Walker performed an outstanding job planting out the orangery in a volcaponic substrate medium and Heather McNey, interior operations assistant, has demonstrated her high level of horticultural expertise ensuring the displays continue to thrive.
The judge commented: “The team responsible for the installation and ongoing maintenance of this space should be very proud of the work they have done, as it truly is a very exciting and unusual space to be able to experience.”
We would like to extend our congratulations to all award winners https://www.baliawards.co.uk/2023-results
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