Ground Control has been appointed to Glasgow City Council Trades Framework Contract for landscape construction and maintenance, treeworks and playground construction and surfacing. The duration is three years.
The contract was in 27 lots, including civil engineering, sports pitches, road surfacing and streetscape. The overall worth is £80m-£120m for all 27 lots.
Landscape construction projects include hard and soft landscaping and broad spectrum grounds maintenance activities; lawn, meadow and verge creation, maintenance and repair, tree and shrub bed construction and maintenance to include weed control and the eradication of noxious perennials. Works may also include countryside access work (remote path construction and maintenance, drainage works and construction and maintenance of path furniture and directional/advisory signage), pond repairs, naturalisation and maintenance.
Arboricultural & Woodland works cover the full range of establishment, maintenance, protection and management operations including specialist surveys, remedial surgery works, fellings, thinnings, vegetation control and stump removal.
The supply and planting of trees of varying sizes including ground preparation and drainage, herbicide control and fertilising.
Also included is a Schedule Of Rates element for tree emergency call out cover for unplanned events. Lastly, the playground lot included construction processes for the installation, maintenance and repair of playground equipment to include all associated accommodation works.
Ground Control - Taking a Trailblazer lead
Control is taking a leading role in the development of the new Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme, a new nationwide government-run scheme for the arboriculture, forestry and landscape industries.
Ground Control national training manager and chairman of the Trailblazer sub-group for horticulture and landscape Neil Huck has been working with BALI and Lantra to develop the standards of the scheme.
The Trailblazer scheme requires apprentices to demonstrate their competence through assessment put in place by employers. The scheme will launch in 2017 and Ground Control will use it to replace its own apprenticeship scheme.
Huck said: "At Ground Control we have a positive policy of promotion from within, so we are committed in helping people develop the skills to do so. With the new scheme in place and being able to develop standards of the future apprenticeships as an employer, it gives us input in the development of the younger generation and the future of the horticulture industries. It offers a great opportunity for young people to grow as part of a business."