Clients and projects
Gavin Jones works in collaboration with clients across the public and private sectors, maintaining assets to the highest standards of safety and quality.
Below is a small selection of our projects and clients.
The Royal Parks - Greenwich Park
Gavin Jones maintain the prestigious and historic London Royal Parks; Richmond Park (955 ha), Bushey Park (450 ha) and Greenwich Park (73 ha). These parks are maintained within the rigorous requirements of Grade I listed and SSSI management standards, and are visited by millions of people annually, representing some of the best green open spaces in the country. This is exemplified by award of Green Flag status at Greenwich and Richmond parks, Green Heritage Award at Richmond Park and the BALI Landscape Award for Outstanding Grounds Maintenance Service at Greenwich Park.
Chiswick House and Gardens
Chiswick Gardens is a restored 18th century garden in West London, open to the public. The grounds cover 65 acres of sweeping landscapes and are one of the earliest examples of the English Landscape Garden. During our contract term, Chiswick House and Gardens Trust has been awarded several accolades including, Horticulture Week Custodian Award, ‘Garden Management Category Winners’ which recognises the custodians of the UK’s vital garden and green spaces and celebrates the best of parks, gardens and tree management.
St John's School
St John's School was founded in 1851 by a clergyman, Ashby Haslewood, with the purpose to offer free education for the sons of poor clergymen and to provide a choir for his large church. St John's is now a community of over 800 pupils. It remains loyal to its founding principles and offers subsidised education to the sons and daughters of clergy with limited means, as well as children from other low income backgrounds. Following a competitive tendering exercise, Gavin Jones was awarded a six year grounds maintenance contract. The contract is delivered by a dedicated team who are responsible for management of all natural and artificial sports turf surfaces to include rugby (9 pitches), cricket (4 squares), football (9 pitches), Hockey (4 pitches), Tennis Courts (20) and athletic tracks. As well as management of all amenity areas, including formal lawns, beds/borders and hedges.
Land Rover Experience
Land Rover Experience are a direct subsidiary of Jaguar Land Rover, offering a unique corporate or family day out in the company’s range of vehicles within a safe, yet natural environment. Each of the sites is unique in it’s design & requirements and are located throughout the country. With diverse sites, the largest being within a working rural estate of approximately 5000 acres, Gavin Jones works in partnership alongside Natural England & JLR to ensure there is a minimal effect on the local environment as a result of Land Rover activities. The contract also involves responsive tree works and winter snow clearance in rural areas.
South Hill Park
Following the successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People initiative, £2.3m of funds were granted to see the Park transformed. Working to the Masterplan agreed with the Heritage Lottery Fund, the key elements of the restoration included: Renovation of the terraces, Italian Garden and Yew Walk. Creation of a path linking the Yew Walk through to the woodland areas bordering the South Lake. Replacement of the existing play area to the south of the House with one of a more natural design. The management and conservation of the woodland under storey in North Wood, Birch Hill Wood and the Shrubbery to encourage wild flowers and native shrubs.
RSPB Aerial Walkway
In the beautiful setting of RSPB Coombes Valley Nature Reserve, Gavin Jones were appointed by Paul Cameron of Treehouse Life to install two rope and netting aerial walkway bridges meeting at a floating platform at tree top height, half way down the valley to give users of the site the opportunity to see the reserve from a different perspective—this would enable users of all ages to see the world as the birds and squirrels see it. Gavin Jones were involved in the building of the platform at the top of the valley, installing the rope bridges, and finally lifting the platform into place with the use of winches, supported by cables and slings in nearby trees.
Hampton Square is an open public space that Gavin Jones redeveloped in 2013. The works included paving, soiling, tree and shrub planting and turfing and the installation of a water feature with an underground plant room as well as a small play area. The site is situated in between a supermarket, a public house and a youth club, which all remained open for the duration of the works making access challenging. However working methodically the site was split into phases allowing the public access to certain parts of the site and access to the supermarket, pub and youth club.
The Level, Brighton
The Level, Brighton was designed by Landscape Architects LUC. Works included central features plus the restoration and refurbishment of the existing park (The Level) and a public open space.The site was split into two phases to minimize disruption. Starting with the demolition and removal of the existing small buildings and park features and then the restoration.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Formerly known as UWIC, the University has an enviable reputation for Sport and is home to the National Athletics Centre and hosts international rugby & football teams who are in the Welsh capital to play at the nearby Millennium Stadium. The services provided, include grounds maintenance at four Campuses and Halls of Residence sites across the City. Sports pitch maintenance; the Cyncoed Campus provides natural & artificial facilities for the University as well as high profile professional visiting teams. The implementation of the innovative IMPACT Planting scheme to provide ecological and sustainable herbaceous borders across the Estate.
The Memorial garden at the Rothermere American Institute was Financed by friends of HRH Princess Margaret and was opened by The Queen in May 2006. Designed by Anouska Hempel it was Built around and between existing historic and listing buildings in Oxford College. Hard and soft landscaping works included using 1.1m² Yorkstone slabs, to very small tolerances with very poor access, which made for challenging handling of materials.
The project was a hard and soft landscape installation for our client British Land. The work comprised of the design, fabrication and fixing of 340no. concrete planters onto various roof gardens on a central London office tower block. This was one of our most challenging projects completed.
Royal Ascot Racecourse
The prestigious Royal Ascot racecourse covers 179 acres. The works were centred around the main Grandstand, tracks and crossing areas and comprised of the ground preparation and top soiling to shrub planting areas, planter boxes and to 44,000m² of lawn areas and urban tree soil to tree pits. The planting of semi-mature trees (100-120cm girth) including tree pits, hedging, climbers, transplants and groundcover. As well as the installation of large quantities of specialist fibre reinforced root zone soils and Lockturf to the parade ring and the spectators lawn areas, site screened and blended site won soil and root zone turf to the members lawn, and screened topsoil and standard turf to all other grass areas.
Bluewater Shopping Destination
Gavin Jones have maintained the award winning grounds at the Bluewater Shopping Destination in Kent since 2004, including the interior planting displays. As with any shopping centre, the interior planting displays are crucial to soften and pacify the busy environment. The choice and maintenance of plants therein has been paramount to the success of the planting at Bluewater, as low light levels, close interaction with the public and the need to always look ‘perfect’, makes for a very challenging environment.
Giltbrook Retail Park
Soft landscape works were undertaken at this busy retail park and included the placement of large quantities of topsoil, semi-mature trees, preformed hedging and specimen shrubs.