Tesco Immingham: Planting continues

New soft landscaping takes shape at Tesco Immingham

Paxman Landscapes are continuing their soft landscaping works at a new 40,000 sq ft  supermarket at Immingham, near Grimsby.

The new Tesco Immingham store, under construction by GMI Construction, is due to open in December 2014.  The site continues to reap the benefits of Paxmans experience in the provision of commercial landscaping and the team are well into the first phases of the scheme.

The scheme, predominantly ornamental planting and the location and planting of trees within the car park and surrounding areas, is one of a growing contractual calendar for this Autumn for the company’s commercial landscaping division.

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Urban tree planting

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Ornamental planting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2014

Landscape Live – The Beauty is in the Build

Landscape Live

Landscape Live takes place at Headingley, Leeds on Tuesday 7 October 2014.  It will be visited by landscape contractors (maintenance, design and build), garden designers and architects.   The event organisers at Landscape Live are joining forces with industry’s leading associations, including BALI and the APL, Landscape Live is open not just to members but to all those with an interest in the successful growth and development of the industry in the UK.

Pro Landscaper magazine and website will be supporting Landscape Live, following the success of Futurescape, a similar event hosted in the South of England over the past 3 years.   The one day event will culminate in three special panel discussion forums – View from the Top, The Detail is in the Design and The Beauty is in the Build.  Justin Paxman will represent Paxman Landscapes as a Panel Expert on The Beauty is in the Build discussions with four other landscapers.  He will reveal how he became successful, share his experiences and field any questions put to him by the audience.

There will also be the chance to network with a number of industry suppliers who are exhibiting.

Landscape Live

 

September 2014

Huddersfield Giants Awards 2014

We were delighted to sponsor an award and attend the Huddersfield Giants Awards 2014 last night (8 September). It was a great event at the John Smith’s Stadium and a fantastic opportunity to share this with some of the Paxman’s team, too.

Huddersfield Giants Awards 2014

Aaron Murphy (left) meets his Paxman sponsors (Justin, Gordon, Daniel)

Huddersfield Giants Awards 2014

Academy Player of the Year, Mick Learmonth, receives his Award from Sponsor, Justin Paxman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paxman Landscapes were sponsors of the Academy Player of The Year Award, won by Mick Learmonth, loose forward/prop for the Under 19s. The full list of winners can be found on the Huddersfield Giants website.

It also gave us a chance to catch up with our Sponsored Player, the Giants no. 5, Aaron Murphy, who kindly took time out to have a snap with Justin, Gordon and Daniel from Paxmans.

September 2014

Social media in landscaping: Paxman speaks at UK landscaping event

Justin Paxman to speak on social media in landscaping at invite-only trade UK landscaping event

Justin Paxman is a huge fan of social media and its power for customer communication and promotion. He will be sharing his experiences at invite-only trade event for Association of Professional Landscapers members.  Hosted by Johnsons of Whixley on behalf of the APL, the event takes place on 11 September 2014 in association with Green-Tech UK Limited.  It will be hosted at WhixleyXpress, Johnson’s Cash and Carry. The UK landscaping event expects to entertain members from the APL across the North East and North West of the country.

uk landscaping event at Johnsons

With a reception and drinks in the late afternoon, there will be a tour of Johnsons site at Whixley and then additional guest speakers from the APL, Green-Tech UK Limited and Johnsons of Whixley themselves, followed by a buffet.

Spaces are strictly invite-only but please contact Ellie Richardson directly to see if there are any opportunities remaining to get involved.

Justin has previously spoken on the subject of social media at other APL events and will also be appearing on a Discussion Panel, “The Beauty is in the Build” at the new LandscapeLive show at Headingley, Yorkshire on 7 October 2014.

 

The importance of professional artificial turf installation

Justin Paxman highlights the pitfalls of skimping on artificial turf installation

“Pay cheap, pay twice” is a phrase that rings true in many walks of life, but is particularly close to home as Justin Paxman of Paxman Landscapes installs new Grass Greener artificial turf to replace a failing inferior artificial turf installation in Huddersfield.

artificial turf installationNot only has the original lawn been down less than a year, it is barely suitable for the heavy rigours of a domestic lawn. The installation method and materials used have rendered the garden unsafe and unsuitable for purpose.  What is more, this practice of “making do” is undermining the reputation and advantages of quality artificial grass such as Grass Greener and the name of professional landscapers and installers such as Paxman Landscapes.

Justin launched the Grass Greener range of artificial lawn products at the Harrogate Autumn show in 2013.  The products provide low-maintenance, pet-friendly garden solutions for domestic lawns and commercial premises who want that instant “wow” factor as well as lush lawn longevity. All of the Grass Greener products benefit from heavy-duty Latex backing, high quality stitching and density and a balanced mix of polyethylene, polypropylene or polyamide, depending on the chosen product.  All of these elements are essential for a long lawn life.

Repairing this existing artificial lawn highlights just how things can go wrong if shortcuts are taken or if materials are compromised to reduce costs.   The lawn edges and joins are lifting as the wrong adhesive has been used and with a lifting lawn comes moisture seepage, a trip hazard and a shoddy end product.  A Grass Greener installation starts from the initial site consultation, taking into full consideration any soil level changes, edging and slopes.  In this case, the ground was not correctly prepared, leaving trip hazards onto existing hard surfaces.  On some edges, the company responsible for fitting the existing turf had run out of membrane, leaving the new artificial grass with no layer of protection.  Add to that poorly dug-out soil with some Summer bulbs still growing through and it was both a sorry site and a poor advert for artificial grass.

GrassGreener artificial turf

“The finish and making-good elements of a Grass Greener installation are vital” explains Justin.  “We see this scenario all too often – cheap or makeshift materials, poor ground preparation, insufficient jointing compounds.”  He adds “You pay cheap, you pay twice. Luckily, this homeowner is willing to give artificial lawn a second chance – but this time, they’ve come to the experts.”

All Grass Greener installations use a specialised 2G double membrane process, which puts the product at the very top of the market for quality, resilience and longevity.  These 2G membranes are installed in a specific way to ensure the product can be guaranteed for 10 years, once properly installed. The first layer protects the grass from mud, water and weeds and the second ensures that the artificial grass stays stable under use from pets and people alike.  During installation, the addition of a failsafe, discreet plastic skirt runs around the edge of the grass and protects it from uplifting.

Justin believes that the market should set some clear regulations as to the installation and product specification of artificial turf.  He believes the introduction of a regulatory body would begin to stem the flow of inferior artificial turf materials and ensure professional standards of installation were set and adhered to.

Justin is under no illusions – whilst it is perfectly possible that artificial lawns can be installed by any competent DIYer, a Grass Greener 10 year product guarantee and 6 year installation is not “pay less, pay twice” but “pay experts, pay once”.

August 2014

Professional landscaping = happy customers

Professional landscaping brings a smile to local homeowner

Another landscaping job complete – and another satisfied customer.  From small to large professional landscaping projects, our team at Paxmans are on the case!

This latest front driveway transformation was brought to you courtesy of Nigel and his team of Paxman’s landscape operatives for a private residence in High Burton, West Yorkshire.

Extending and shaping the driveway and introducing a rockery into the design, Nigel and his team have received a letter from the new driveway owners, thanking them for their work.  The homeowners have praised Nigel as “an obliging and excellent worker”.  Not only that, they are the envy of many of the neighbours now with their “fabulous garden and driveway”.

Well done once again, team!  If you want to be the envy of YOUR neighbours, please get in touch via our Contact Form, by email or by calling us on 01484 451 387.

I’m afraid, we can’t guarantee you’ll get to speak to Nigel – he’ll be out creating more happy customers with the Paxman crew!

July 2014

Dementia friendly garden | Care Home, Leeds

Designing, building and managing dementia friendly gardens

Paxman Landscapes have been appointed as Project Managers and Consultants, providing a dementia friendly garden for a residential care home in Methley, Leeds.  The landscaping team will also complete the Design and Build scheme.Dementia friendly gardens

Involved with the project from its earliest inception, the Paxman’s team and their in-house designer have produced plans for dementia-friendly gardens at Ashlands, Methley, a residential care home in Leeds.

One of a growing portfolio of garden designs and constructed schemes within the residential care sector, Paxman Landscapes dementia-friendly garden will incorporate pathways, timber structures and a water feature, nestled safely within an ornamental planting plan.

Dementia friendly garden, Ashlands

Perspective sketch of part of the garden

Designed specifically for those in later life to enjoy, the sensory garden has pockets of interest in colour, smell and foliage and raised beds to help those with mobility issues to share the garden’s beauty. The scheme will continue this Summer and we will feature some progress photos and some of the finished gardens when complete.

June 2014

Residential Landscaping | Water Lane, York

New planting contract win for residential landscaping experts

Alongside the developments constructed by Esh Property Services on behalf of Broadacres Housing Association, Paxman Landscapes will shortly commence soft landscaping for 23 residential houses and apartments at Water Lane, Clifton, York.Residential landscaping, Water Lane, York

ESH Construction logoThe residential landscaping adds to an already comprehensive portfolio of contract wins for Paxman Landscapes, who will commence work on site this Summer with the grounds work and planting for the soft landscaping scheme.

Paxman Landscapes are professional landscaping experts with a fully-trained team experienced in the rigours of soft and hard landscaping for domestic and commercial projects.  They also have the benefit of a skilled grounds maintenance team who manage projects across Yorkshire and can ensure that newly-planted schemes flourish and remain well-maintained after completion.

 

June 2014

Student Accommodation Landscaping, Huddersfield

Paxman Landscapes continue to extend portfolio | Student Accommodation Landscaping

student accommodation landscapingRecently secured soft and hard landscaping contracts will roll out over this Summer.

Paxman Landscapes are on site now (June 2014), creating the student accommodation landscaping at The Castings, Huddersfield.

With phase one complete and the second phase well underway, the campus will look out onto the finished planted scheme, with communal areas and open space finished expertly by the Paxman’s team.

The client, Watkin Jones, is a specialist construction company with particular strength of portfolio in student accommodation.

Further site images will follow.

June 2014

Residential care home landscaping

Creating gardens for those in later life | Residential Care Home Landscaping

Residential care home landscapingPaxman Landscapes have a growing portfolio of expertise in the residential care sector.

The residential care home landscaping at Common Lane in Hull is now finished at a new group of apartments in Common Lane, Hull.

Paxman Landscapes secured the contract with Bullock Construction and continue to supply landscaping services in the residential care home sector across a number of clients, both regionally and nationally.  The grounds are now resplendent with turf, native hedge planting and trees.

Work is also underway and due for completion shortly (June 2014) at another care home in Manchester.  Thomas Regan Court, Gorton, will boast new gardens, demonstrating the full range of Paxman Landscapes’ hard and soft landscaping services, from ornamental planting of the garden areas to the provision of timber and street furniture around the site.

Paxmans will commence another soft landscaping contract at a further care home in Scarborough this July 2014, working with Keepmoat Homes.

June 2014

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