Ground Control completes one of biggest design and build projects todate

Extensive works carried out by Ground Control at site of UK's first 'super casino' in Birmingham.

Leisure complex: construction
Leisure complex: construction

Ground Control is putting the finishing touches to one of its largest-ever design and build projects, at Resorts World Birmingham.

In-house team GC Design carried out a range of external works at the 538,000sq ft leisure complex on behalf of Galliford Try Construction.

The total project is valued at £1m and is due to be completed this month after an eight-week programme of construction and planting on the north side of the complex, next to Pendigo Lake.

It includes terrace construction and structural concrete works up to the edge of the lake as well as exposed aggregate paving, step construction and cladding, strip lighting and uplighters.

GC Design is also undertaking earthworks and soft landscaping, adding in hardwood timber benches and planters, semi-mature trees and marginal plants at the lake edge.

Pedestrians normally use the path along the lakeside to access the Genting Arena and NEC. With GC Design using that area, the path has been diverted via a temporary 150m-long floating pontoon.

In addition, a 2m-high 100m-long Portadam has been installed to hold back the water and allow staff to access the lake's edge for planting and earthworks.

Ground Control landscape architect Chris King said: "To be involved with such an iconic scheme has been a great experience. The project certainly provided an array of challenges that kept me and the team on our toes.

"With the team's mixture of backgrounds and skills, we were able to design a scheme that responded to the project's brief along with the client's expectations.

"The end project is looking to be one of Ground Control's largest design and builds to date and will certainly be one we talk about for a while."

The £150m Resorts World integrated leisure and entertainment complex is due to open this summer. Billed as the UK's first "super casino", it also includes an outlet shopping centre, spa hotel, restaurants, bars, cinema and conference centre.

Planting Care taken over sensory elements

The designers were mindful that the planting was concentrated next to large seating areas so have taken extra care with the scheme's sensory elements.

Soft grasses intertwine with herbaceous shrubs, blending with marginal plants through to the water's edge.

A mix of evergreen shrubs will provide structure throughout the year, while the existing and proposed embankments are to be planted with a variety of different grass species.

Tree planting has been taken through into the hard landscaped areas. Quercus palustris specimen trees in bespoke timber planters can be lifted to allow access to the northern elevation of the building for maintenance.

These trees have been underplanted with Buxus for a clean structural feel.

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