Keele awards square revamp job to The Landscape Group

Grounds specialist takes on eight-month project to breathe life into concrete area at college.

The Landscape Group has been made main contractor for improvement works to Union Square at Keele University.

The £1.35m job will take around eight months to complete at the campus in Staffordshire. The university wants to improve a concrete square by introducing a layered landscape and a circle of hard surfacing with ramps.

The Landscape Group will remove more than 2,500sq m of paving and kerbs and lay new water mains before topping with a more sensitive paving pattern. The job includes a new light installation, kerbing, retaining walls and street furniture.

Keele University includes a former stately home, woods, lakes and parkland, and has a campus around the square. The health-and-safety implications of working within a live environment makes the project complex, said the contractor.

"Extensive management of pedestrians and traffic to and from the campus buildings will be essential to ensure a smooth completion to this project, as will maintaining good communication with the numerous stakeholders," said a representative.

The Landscape Group is one the UK's largest and oldest grounds specialist, dating back to 1919. It won a 10-year contract in January to look after landscape in the Olympic Park and followed with a win from Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust.

Trust work starts

The Landscape Group started a five-year grounds upkeep contract with Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust last month. Teams will tackle green spaces around homes for 14,000 residents.

The contractor's operations director Michelle Maybury said the key to the win was a pledge to monitor work and invest in training. The residents helped to choose the contractor.

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