Hosta Consulting’s ‘A drop of urban green’ garden wins best in category and gold medal at this year’s RHS Tatton Park Flower Show!
After two weeks of hard work constructing with Thomas Bow City Asphalt, Hosta Consulting’s first ever RHS show garden has won best back to back garden and has been awarded a gold medal! The garden, entitled “A drop of urban green” represents what can be achieved in unused and unloved pockets of space in towns and cities across the world.
Research has found that pocket parks and green infrastructure are hugely important for cities. Pocket parks provide green corridors for biodiversity and help to cool and improve the air quality. Any green spaces that use rain positively help to mitigate some of the localised flooding events that are becoming increasingly common in the built environment due to climate change.
Hosta Consulting took their inspiration from this to create ‘a drop of urban green’ at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The award winning garden will be relocated back to Nottingham after the show, to transform a space for the residents of Nottingham City Homes.
Ed Higgins, the garden’s designer said ‘We are delighted to have won both best back to back garden and a gold medal. It was completely unexpected as this is our first ever time exhibiting at a flower show! We love the RHS’s Greening Grey Britain mission, and hope our pocket park represents a fine example of doing so, especially as the garden is continuing its journey onto Nottingham to further green our city.’
The team agree it would not have been possible without the support of Nottingham City Homes, and the hard work and commitment from Thomas Bow City Asphalt. The Nottingham based firm were selected to construct the garden thanks to their commitment on External Environmental Improvements Framework for Nottingham City Homes. The team, led by Mick Matthews, have successfully delivered many schemes across Nottingham revitalising communal areas and gardens for residents.
Thomas Bow City Asphalt Managing Director Alistair Bow commented ‘It’s great to see this team getting an opportunity to compete at the show. We’ve been trading for nearly 150 years and it’s the first time we’ve been involved in a RHS Show. The team has worked so hard on schemes on our doorstep and deserve every recognition. We all look forward to welcoming the garden back to Nottingham.’
As an established framework contractor for many highway maintenance contracts across the Central England, Thomas Bow City Asphalt has now secured the North Yorkshire County Council Carriageway Planing and Surfacing Framework.
The county covers almost two million acres, 95 miles east to west and 65 miles north to south and is geographically the largest county in England and Wales. The county includes the towns of Harrogate, Selby, Skipton, Richmond and Scarborough as well as the City of Ripon and County town of Northallerton.
The contract covers the planing and surfacing of approximately 9000km of highway, including 900km of principal roads, 1600 road bridges, 2500 footbridges with schemes valued between £5,000 and £5,000,000.
Commercial Manager Andrew Jackaman commented ‘We’re delighted to secure this new contract with North Yorkshire County Council as we further our local authority client base in the North of England. We look forward to developing our relationship, demonstrating our commitment to quality and service through this contract.’
Thomas Bow City Asphalt have now completed works on one of Nottinghams busiest road. The project, which began in July 2013, was funded by £12.8m from the Department for Transport and £3.4m from Nottingham City Council.
The ring road carries some 50,000 vehicles every day and with two of the regions main Hospitals located at either end of the scheme, maintaining traffic flow has been essential to the design and delivery of the scheme. Alex Gardner, Contracts Director at Thomas Bow City Asphalt has been involved in the scheme from the outset to advise on surfacing methods and programming to minimise disruption.
The works included the widening of the northbound carriageway of Crown Island from two to three lanes, Middleton Boulevard has also been widened southbound from Crown Island to the Queen’s Medical Centre roundabout.
Talking about the project Alex Gardner said ‘This has been a long standing project for us and its great to work on an asset which we will all use on a daily basis. The improved traffic flows are already noticeable and hopefully the residents and visitors to the city will feel that this has been an extremely worthwhile project.’
Thomas Bow City Asphalt has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses.
To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com.
Alistair Bow Managing Director said: “It’s great to receive national recognition for the growth we have achieved over the last couple of years, in what still remains a challenging climate. Our teams have put in great efforts to secure and successfully deliver the biggest schemes we have seen as a business.
Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: “High growth SMEs are the driving force behind the UK economy, developing the skills, jobs and growth we need. But ambition alone is not enough; their success must be highlighted and their growth properly supported with appropriate finance. That’s why today’s event is so important: demonstrating the strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies to support these inspiring businesses.
“Today’s celebration is fundamental to London Stock Exchange’s core, the need to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and create an entrepreneurship revolution.”
Writing in the publication, The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP said: “UK high-growth businesses are leading the charge in rebuilding our economy. These companies are the backbone of the British economy. They create high-quality, well paid jobs, innovate and drive economic growth. This government fully understands the need to support ambitious entrepreneurs and ensure they can access the finance they need to grow.
“We have held the steadfast belief that –alongside deficit reduction – nurturing entrepreneurs, creating jobs, supporting hard-working families and keeping taxes low would get the UK economy back on track. Our measures to increase access to finance for business and encourage more investment have had a transformative effect on our economy.”
As the incumbent supplier road surfacing and repairs contractor to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Thomas Bow City Asphalt have secured a £1.2m contract to upgrade most of the car parks across the site.
The work, due for completion in 2016, includes car park extensions, a new access road and new drainage, all designed to maximise the current car parking capacity at the site.
The moves comes after the completion of two dedicated car parks for the new Resorts World facility earlier this year. John Allen Major Projects and Compliance Director commented, ‘We’ve enjoyed a long standing relationship with the NEC and its great to have our teams back at the NEC continuing to support the development of this facility’.
Earlier this year the NEC reported record growth for its conference and live events business. Conference revenue increasing by 43% year on year whilst revenue from larger experiential live events increased by 47%.
As part of an on-going partnership, Thomas Bow City Asphalt have completed the latest in a series of upgrades to the Intu Merry Hill shopping centre.
The latest project which began in May 2015, included the revamping of car parks B3 and 03 as well as resurfacing much of the internal roads and footpaths.
Alex Gardner, Contracts Director overseeing the project commented, ‘We’ve got a well established relationship with the Merry Hill site and its great to be called upon again to complete a project of this size covering both general civils and surfacing at one of the countries biggest shopping centres.’
Thomas Bow City Asphalt began work at the site in 2012 and have since completed a number of projects across the West Midlands site.
Thomas Bow City Asphalt’s Eddleston Drive project for Nottingham City Homes is recognised at the East Midlands Local Authority Building and Control awards.
The project, to build the first homes for Nottingham City Homes, came top for ‘Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development’ with acknowledgement for building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship.
With involvement from the outset, Thomas Bow City Asphalt staff were able to advise through the concept, design and construction of the project in order to deliver the best in class finish.
Thomas Bow City Asphalt Managing Director Alistair Bow commented ‘This award is a great culmination of what has been a hugely successful project with Nottingham City Homes. The quality of the workmanship is evident in these properties and they really set the benchmark for Nottingham City Homes’ future housing stock.’
Thomas Bow City Asphalt have successfully renewed the External Environmental Improvements Framework contract for Nottingham City Homes.
The contract, covering various aspects of civil engineering, has been held by Thomas Bow City Asphalt for a number of years and following recognition on a number of schemes across Nottingham they have retained the contract.
Thomas Bow City Asphalt Site Manager Mick Matthews said ‘We’re really pleased to continue our work with Nottingham City Homes. We’ve completed some great schemes in Nottingham, from Clifton to Sneinton to Top Valley and recently Bulwell; all involving a close working relationship with residents and the client. We’ve got some exciting schemes planned and are looking forward to starting soon.’
Thomas Bow City Asphalt are tonight supporting Nottingham Rugby as ‘Big Match Sponsors’ for Nottingham Forest verses Rotherham United.
The move aims to promote the new home of Nottingham Rugby at ‘The Bay’, Lady Bay, West Bridgeford ahead of the first Saturday game on 21st March 2015 against Moseley, followed by live Six Nations action as England take on France.
Thomas Bow City Asphalt have long supported Nottingham Rugby and when the ‘Green and Whites’ decided to move to Lady Bay at the end of 2014, they got the full support of Thomas Bow City Asphalt to help make the move a success. Site Manager Mick Matthews led a team to transform the playing field and tennis courts into a facility fit for the championship side to host the final five home games of the 2014/15 season.
Utilising the construction group resources Mick and his team have created a temporary infrastructure for the club including parking facilities, pathways, drainage and ducting. Speaking about the project Mick said ‘Its great to be able to play a part in the next chapter of Nottingham Rugby’s development. This project was a team effort to install all the facilities, in a tight schedule ahead of the first game at Lady Bay. Now its time to enjoy those facilities and support Nottingham Rugby through their last two home games this season’.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s sponsorship at Nottingham Forest Thomas Bow City Asphalt Managing Director Alistair Bow said ‘We’re really keen supporters of sport in Nottingham and want to see Nottingham Rugby thrive at their new home. We hope that through tonight’s sponsorship we might see some more Nottingham sporting fans down at Lady Bay enjoying the atmosphere next Saturday’.
As the incumbent framework contractor for many highway maintenance contracts across the Midlands, Thomas Bow City Asphalt are delighted to continue to expand their portfolio with the latest contract with Leicestershire County Council. The contract will see Thomas Bow City Asphalt maintaining Leicestershire’s carriageways with associated planing and resurfacing works.
Speaking about the new contract, Commercial Manager Andrew Jackaman said ‘Securing a new contract with a new client is always great news, but it is particularly important to secure a contract that will see us work so close to our headquarters for many years’. We’re now looking forward to working with Leicestershire County Council on schemes in the coming months.’