Ground Control, the UK’s fastest growing external maintenance and commercial landscaping company, has this year been announced as winners across three different categories, taking running total to thirty.
Ground Control’s 4 prestigious awards from the British Association of Landscape Industries represent great success across Grounds Maintenance for the National Maritime Museum, HM Tower of London and Lingley Mere Business Park; with Landscape Construction project Inverness Campus picking up the company’s first BALI Award for Scotland.
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.
Amongst Ground Control’s winning sites is Royal Museums Greenwich. Ground Control has been maintaining the UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004, with a permanent maintenance team on site to ensure the grounds are kept at show level, ready at all times for the 2.4 million visitors per year to enjoy. Ground Control’s works at the prestigious site span 12 acres surrounding the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory.
Tower of London picked up an award recognising outstanding grounds maintenance across the 1.6ha site. Ground Control has been maintaining the Tower of London, one of the UK’s most iconic photographed landmarks, for over 28 years. Visited by 15,000 people per day and with a continuous programme of public and private events undertaken within the grounds all year round, Ground Control’s dedicated team work consistently to ensure the grounds are always in pristine condition.
Lingley Mere Business Park, United Utilities HQ, scooped an award in the Grounds Maintenance Private category. Ground Control has been maintaining the 65 acre site on behalf of EMCOR since 2015, with a dedicated team of three on site caring for grass areas, wildflower areas and large ponds in addition to general maintenance duties, utilising battery powered equipment to meet specific client requirements and cut carbon emissions.
Ground Control is celebrating its first BALI Award for Scotland, with recent Landscape Construction project, Inverness Campus. Awarded in the Grounds Maintenance category for Free Public Access, Ground Control has kept the newly constructed site looking outstanding with ongoing maintenance works.
This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Friday 1st December, bringing together over 900 industry professionals, clients and guests, where winners will find out if they have won a Principal Award, Special Award or the coveted Grand Award.
Ground Control’s managing director, Marcus Watson, commented: “We’re delighted to have achieved yet more BALI National Landscape Awards, showcasing the high quality we deliver to our customers each and every day. These awards are a real testament to the hard work and dedication of all our teams who work tirelessly to create, manage and maintain our outdoor spaces. Very well done to all.”
Reflecting on this year’s award process, BALI chairman Greg Allen said: “We are rarely disappointed by the standard of workmanship, horticultural knowledge and design expertise we are asked to judge – the hardest task is in sticking to our stringent criteria, which demands we only reward real excellence across the board, with no quarter given when an error, however insignificant, compromises the overall scheme. We are not here to reward achievement of the standards we expect of a BALI member, rather to recognise when members have really excelled and their work represents outstanding delivery.
“We have been delighted to judge this year’s entries and I congratulate every winner, who can be enormously proud of their achievements.”