Blakedown secures record wins

School project totalling £2m features among four major job awards for landscape contractor.

A series of big project wins in just one month has helped a landscape contractor notch up the equivalent of well over half its current turnover for the whole of last year.

Blakedown Landscapes Operations secured deals totalling a record £5.5m last month, the most notable being a £2m contract at Noel Baker School in Derby - one of its largest projects to date.

"We were awarded the job after months of planning and consultations with main contractor Balfour Beatty," said joint managing director Jonathan Salem. "It incorporates soft landscaping, natural sports pitches, ground works and street furniture."

His company was chosen to tackle a £500,000 regeneration of derelict land at Old Town Docks in Newport, Wales. Work will involve creating a park, repairing an historic dock wall and ground modelling and sculpting to build a central lawn.

Blakedown struck lucky a third and fourth time in March for external works for a new student block at Leeds City Campus and the Pier Parade project in South Shields. These will include plaza areas, ground works, soft landscaping, paving, street furniture and roads.

Salem said the wins showed "our clear vision and commitment to be market leaders and deliver good external spaces".

Formed more than 40 years ago, Blakedown is now one of the UK's biggest privately-owned commercial landscape contractors, with an £8.4m turnover in 2011.

March also saw the company plant its 1,000th urban tree as part of the Mersey Forest's Green Streets project to revitalise urban areas in the North West.

Key Stat

The value of contracts won by Blakedown Landscapes Operations in March - £5.5m.

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