On Friday 1 December at the 41st BALI National Landscape Awards, Ground Control received a coveted Principal Award for works at Lingley Mere Business Park, in the Grounds Maintenance Private category.
The BALI National Landscape Awards, in association with Horticulture Week and headline sponsor Green-tech, are held annually at London’s Grosvenor House on Park Lane and are the largest landscape Awards scheme in Europe. They recognise the excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance, and in Affiliate customer service, achieved by Registered members of the British Association of Landscape Industries.
The Awards ceremony was hosted by popular BBC journalist and Breakfast business presenter Steph McGovern, who addressed the record-breaking audience of over 1000 BALI members and guests during the luncheon and joined Awards sponsors on stage to present the 29 Principal and Special Awards.
Ground Control has been undertaking grounds maintenance at large commercial estate, Lingley Mere Business Park, United Utilities’ headquarters, since 2015. Working across the 65-acre site, Ground Control’s dedicated team of three maintains grass areas, wild flowers 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 works closely with the client and facilities management company EMCOR to offer training opportunities, supporting the local community.
Steve Roberts who judged the site commented: “This business park near Warrington represents a good balance of ecologically friendly areas and areas where more formal grounds maintenance is required adjacent to buildings. Although large areas of water on the site mean that geese present issues for the maintenance team in terms of keeping areas clear of mess, the site is extremely well looked after and a very pleasant working environment for those located in the various offices on the park.”
Ground Control’s managing director, Marcus Watson, commented: “We’re delighted to have achieved a Principal Award at this year’s BALI National Landscape Awards! We are passionate about maintaining outstanding external spaces, and this award gives great recognition of the high quality we deliver to our customers each and every day. It is 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.”
Also at the event Ground Control collected award plaques for winning sites; Tower of London, National Maritime Museum and Inverness Campus, which were announced earlier in the year.