Community and Co-Location at Crowthorne Hub

 

We recently completed and have been maintaining a comprehensive project at a new Community Hub built-in Crowthorne, Berkshire, at which there is a nursery and community centre as well as the co-location of three blue-light services: fire, police and ambulance.

The building around which we have been landscaping includes a community room, providing a flexible, fully accessible meeting space for local people and community groups to use as well as a children’s nursery.

 

 

This project was awarded to Panoramic by Beard Construction. Our works consisted of the supply and installation of trees, shrubs, seeding, soil and aggregates. All trees were double staked and we excavated tree pits and installed irrigation.

We placed stepping logs in soft and paved areas as well as works to a swale including drainage aggregates and liners. Also the supply and placement of some very large play boulders.

In addition, we undertook some items that would be classed as hard landscaping as the client needed assistance to get the site completed on time. This also allowed us to learn some new skills, to take into future projects, understanding the logistics involved.

Another successful project for us, which is looking good as it matures and we provide continued maintenance of the site, and we have since secured another order from Beard. Thank you!

 

Project Aftercare

 

For a soft landscaping project to be a success long-term and achieve the environment envisioned, the work does not stop at the end of the installation. A comprehensive and appropriate aftercare programme is needed to ensure that the turf, trees, shrubs and plants, etc, establish themselves and have the best prospect for future growth and maturity. This is why each Panoramic project includes a strongly recommended aftercare plan, usually for twelve months after completion.

 

 

Panoramic are proud to have a number of experienced and highly motivated grounds maintenance teams taking care of multiple sites across London and the South East of England. Indeed we are now maintaining over fifty projects we have completed.

It is our aim to ensure client satisfaction by providing consistently excellent service. Not only are all of our operatives experienced in all areas of grounds maintenance, but we also try wherever possible to use the same teams for their respective contracts, so they get to know the circumstances and areas in which they work much better.

A maintenance team that works regular contracts on the same sites, soon get to know their job inside out. Their familiarity with their work environment allows them to be much better equipped to care for and maintain the grass areas and vegetation as well as identify and deal with unforeseen tasks that may arise.

To talk about your next project and our comprehensive aftercare service please contact us.

 

Caring For Your New Lawn

 

New turf must be kept moist until it has become fully established. If it does not rain frequently after the turf has been laid and/or during hot, dry or windy conditions you may have to water the new lawn twice or even three times a day.

 

 

Also, water immediately at any sign of the turf drying out or shrinking. If gaps appear in between the joins in the turf, then fill them with a mix of soil and seed.

In spring and summer, the new turf will be ready for its first cut in 7-10 days, but make sure it is a gentle and high cut by raising the cutting height!  You should just level the top of the grass.  Then continue to cut, twice a week in spring or autumn or once a week in summer, never removing more than one-third of the current height. For winter-laid turf, mow only if it is still growing.
Ideally, you should also feed the new lawn using an appropriate nutrient mix. This will also help to reduce the growth of flowering seed heads. When turf is harvested, the majority of the root system is cut off, which is stressful to the grass plants and they produce seed heads as a means of self-preservation. The seed heading will reduce once the turf has established a new root system, which can take 6-8 weeks.

Toadstools may also grow in the new lawn. All soil contains dormant fungal spores, which can lay inactive for years and years. When the soil is disturbed they can spring back to life and grow into toadstools. They will disappear after a couple of mows without doing any permanent damage.

For further information or to commission Panoramic to lay and look after your new lawn please contact us.

 

Recent Work Wins

 

Reflecting the wide variety of soft landscaping projects we are now working on, from schools to supermarkets to sports centres, some of our recent wins include:

• Another school secured for Bowmer & Kirkland, who kindly continue to trust us with their soft landscaping.
• Soft landscaping on further hotel projects for Conamar and Acheson Construction
• A second project with Horizon Construction to carry out the landscaping on one of their care home projects.

 

 

We are also now working with a very wide variety of contractor clients. Recent additions that we have welcomed include Jarvis, ASHE Group and Kitewood, plus Corley & Woolley are all welcomed into the Panoramic Family.

Photos in the video above are of the works we completed at Freeman’s School for Gilbert-Ash.

 

Green Screen – Instant Hedge

 

We have recently finished an interesting project on a Tesco’s fuel forecourt at Canada Water in the London Docklands, where we have installed green screens. These provide an instant and immediately attractive hedge-like visual barrier around the site.

 

 

The project was completed in just two weeks from initial order to completion, working with the international infrastructure provider, Blu-3. The installation also included the planting of 150 large 10L shrubs plus seeding and mulching.

Shout out to Mobilane, the provider of the green screens, who turned around our order within just a few days, helping us to complete the project so quickly.

For instant and immediate green screen hedge for your project, plus any other soft landscaping needs, please contact us.

 

The Best Time To Turf

 

Turf can be laid at any time of the year, provided the ground is not frozen, waterlogged or very dry. However, the best time to lay turf is Spring or Autumn when the soil is at the perfect soft texture.

 

 

To lay turf in the Spring, ideally, the soil needs to be moist. If not, it should be watered beforehand. You will also need to ensure that the turf does not dry out, to encourage early growth.

Autumn is often known as the best time to lay turf, particularly during September and October, to take advantage of the perfect balance of heat and rain. It is possible also in November, provided there will not be significant frosts. Laying your turf in Autumn is beneficial as the lawn will then have six months to settle in and grow before the following summer.

Although summer months are not ideal, it is still possible to lay the turf. The soil must be well watered before to make sure there is enough moisture to help the grass grow.

It is possible to lay turf during the winter. However, growth can be restricted, especially if the new grass is not properly and consistently maintained. Ideally, it is best to wait until the winter frost has passed in March/April, giving the lawn enough time to establish before the summer.

 

Panoramic Accreditations

 

With Panoramic now being a full member of BALI, we have an impressive list of accreditations.

 

 

• BALI: As a full member, we carry out duties to the very highest industry standards and provide professional excellence at all times. To be granted Accredited membership status we have signed up to the BALI Code of Conduct, pledging to carry out business to these exacting standards.

• Construction Gold: Being Gold standard means that, in addition to being verified to PAS 91, membership includes further validation checks using an enhanced prequalification questionnaire.

• SSIP: Gold membership of Constructionline also allows us to manage PAS 91 and SSIP data all in one platform with one renewal date.

• CHAS: An accreditation that ensures our health and safety processes meet excellent standards.

• ISO 9001: ISO 9001 demonstrates our ability to consistently provide services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

• ISO 14001: ISO14001 helps us to improve our environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste.

To work with us, please head to our contact page.

 

The Tremendous Two’s

 

Celebrating Our Second Anniversary

Two Today! It’s great to be celebrating two years since the launch of Panoramic. During that time we have worked on a whole variety of projects including commercial units, schools, care homes, supermarkets, crematoriums, apartment blocks, hotels, self-storage units and many more.

 

 

We have completed over 60 projects during our second year totaling £3.3 million, won over £4.2 million worth of new orders and the contracts continue to be awarded.

We now have a 12 strong team in the office, 3 Senior Site Supervisors and 10 site teams. We cannot list all our clients but would like to thank all those that have given us our first opportunity along with those that continue to give us repeat projects.

We are all looking forward to what year 3 brings. Exciting times ahead with lots of projects to showcase in the coming months. Please get in touch if you have any soft landscaping requirement on your commercial projects.

 

Tree Planting Timing

 

Time and trees wait for no man! Of course, we can plant trees all year round, and we often do. However, there are advantages, not least from a cost perspective, to scheduling tree planting during the autumn and winter months.

 

 

During the coldest months of the year, trees and shrubs are in a dormant state. The soil is also usually moist and easier to dig, making our job easier! As a result, they need less watering after planting. Also, by spring and early summer they will have benefited from optimum growing conditions and had the opportunity to establish their root system.

Root-balled trees and shrubs are more cost-effective without the pots. However, they cannot be used in the summer as the root ball tends to quickly dry out in the warmer weather.

We can also plant trees and shrubs in the mid to late spring and summer, the warmer months, although we then must use containerised trees and plants, costing more to procure and taking longer to install. These have more soil around the roots, which will stay damp for longer. The roots tend to be bigger and so are hardier in the drier conditions.

For further top tips on tree and shrub planting or to discuss the best timing for your next project, please contact us.

 

Spring Has Sprung – Further Growth at Panoramic Landscapes

 

We are delighted to report a further surge in sales this spring in both the number and value of projects secured. March saw Panoramic’s highest monthly sales value exceeding Three-Quarters of a Million Pounds with over 11 projects won.

April has been expectedly quieter with such an outstanding performance in March but has still seen a further 5 new projects secured.

 

 

We are pleased to welcome Ashe Group to the Panoramic customer family along with further orders from 2MS Construction (another Lidl project), Beard, Harmonix and last but definitely not least another school project with Kier.

As spring springs into summer and the weather is improving, we are looking forward to a very busy period for our range of soft landscaping services which we would like to thank those clients that have given us our first opportunities and also those that continue to trust us with their landscaping work.