Line marking service for schools

We were asked to smarten up the lines on the sports playing courts at St Mary’s School in Hertfordshire.

The work included four tennis courts, three football courts, as well as four basketball courts.

PGSD is always happy to help when it comes to marking sports surfaces, including running and athletics tracks and playing courts. This can include cleaning, marking and maintaining sports surfaces all of which makes it that much easier to decide who has won that all important point!

St Mary’s is an 11 – 19 co-educational, comprehensive school with Academy status and an admission number of 240 for each new Year 7 cohort. The school is one of four Church secondary schools in Hertfordshire within the Diocese of St Albans. The school is well recognised in the local community for its high quality provision and outstanding inclusion agenda.

Edward Pauling Primary School

PGSD Limited was asked to help with a project at Edward Pauling Primary School in Feltham, in the London Borough of Hounslow. The School is a two-form entry school for boys and girls between the ages of three and eleven.

The project requirements were:
– Dig out pathways to a depth of 100mm.
– Supply and install timber edging to the paths.
– Supply and lay gravel to the paths as a finished level.
– Supply and build 3 x 8 x 1 metre raised sleeper beds screwed together with timber locks.
– The above to be cemented into the ground with posts.
– Remove the old liner from the pond.
– Reshape the pond to an area of 6m x 5m and infill the remainder of the pond.
– Supply and lay 4 tons of soft sand to line the pond.
– Supply and install underlay and pond liner.
– Supply and fill raised planters.

The photographs show the raised sleeper beds and pond (work in progress).

Royal Holloway, University of London

PGSD Limited was asked by ARJ Construction Ltd to help with a project at Royal Holloway, University of London. The project comprised a Boiler House Cafe and International Building refurbishment.

The PGSD project remit included: design, supply and install a high level fence / barrier to ensure the area is safe from potential falls, given the height of the retaining sleeper walls around the parking bay. The fence needed to be fit for purpose, as ‘in fitting’ as possible within the surroundings. In addition, it had to be a cost effective solution.

Our solution was to supply and install 150mm x 150mm posts fixed 750mm down the sleeper wall, with integral 48mm galvanised key clamp poles in the posts and two rails. This ticked all of the boxes and the client was very happy with the result.

Royal Holloway, University of London, is ranked in the top 30 of all UK universities.


PGSD Royal Holloway University of London 2

Heston Primary School – renovating an outside seating area

Heston Primary School outdoor seating area prior to renovation

PGSD Limited was asked to help to revitalise an outdoor area at Heston Primary School.

  • We carefully lifted and removed the astro turf.
  • We broke out the concrete and dug out the timber posts.
  • PGSD supplied and installed new timber posts and cement in situ.
  • We supplied and installed timber rails behind the posts to secure the posts together.
  • Then we supplied and spread MOT base to the area and consolidated.
  • The PGSD team supplied and spread sharp sand to the area and consolidated.
  • We relaid the existing astro turf with the cuts already in the turf.
  • All fixtures and fixing were supplied for this project.

Church Langley Community Primary School

PGSD Limited was asked to work on a project for Church Langley Community Primary School, in Harlow, Essex.

We deployed a team to cut back Elaeagnus shrubs in the schools’ playground. Elaeagnus shrubs have silvery-scaled leaves and fragrant flowers.

PGSD was asked to reduce the shrubs back to curb edges, clear from lights and reduce in height.

In addition, we were asked to cut back and clear overgrowing branches and vegetation coming through a high fence by the astro pitches.  We cut them back to a height of 8 foot.

We then removed all waste from the site.

All in a days’ work for PGSD.

Isleworth Town Primary School

At PGSD Limited, we are often asked to advise on planting schemes. At Isleworth Town Primary School, we suggested the following:

20 Coral flower;  10 lavender;  10 Fatsia; 10 Spirea – long colour; 10 Red dogwood; 60 mixed grasses; 10 Snowflake hydrangea; 10 Euphorbia; 10 Purple hebi; 10 Euonymus fortune emerald gold; and 10 blue Ceanothus.

Once we had completed a soft landscaping project for the school that included the plants, this was the reaction of the Deputy Headteacher, Michelle McCarthy:

“The garden looks beautiful! All our staff have commented on how great it looks and it is a brilliant addition to the school grounds. Thanks again for all your input and work.”

Isleworth Town Primary School has served the local community since it was founded in 1910.

Shenfield High School

Shenfield High School in Brentwood, Essex was founded in 1962. The school has over 1200 pupils and is situated within an attractive green belt site. Shenfield High School has over 26 acres of playing fields, next to open farmland.

PGSD Limited was asked to pave an area of 110 square metres, matching the top of edging stones. We excavated the entire area to a depth 200mm.

We supplied and spread 100mm of type one crushed concrete, which was then compacted. PGSD supplied and laid 600mm x 600mm pressed concrete paving slabs on a bed of sharp sand and cement and brush pointed with kiln dried sand.

We then removed two edgings and slope paving to firm ramp, as well as supplying and erecting a new railway sleeper wall from 200mm x 100mm x 2.4m pressure treated soft wood. This was supported by 6 x universal beams set 600mm in concrete.

The remaining area of 56 square metres was levelled to 50mm of saved soil. Finally, we raked the area level and sowed grass seed. To finish the job, we removed all spoil from site and left it tidy on completion.

Crane Park Primary School

Crane Park Primary School is located in Hanworth, Middlesex. The school has 501 pupils and is a central part of the local community.

PGSD Limited was asked to level an area for a new mud kitchen, remove an old path and an old bricked mud kitchen. The project included the supply and installation of a 1.2 metre high rounded top palisade fence on two sides of the new mud kitchen. A gate, as well as a 200 mm high sleeper bed, was installed along the wall. 100 mm high kick boards were installed around the bottom of the fence to retain wood chippings.

Materials included soil, a sand sub base and turf. Plant equipment included 360 degree excavator. Wood chippings were supplied free of charge by PGSD.

PGSD supplied and installed artificial grass to a large Early Year play area. This included shock pads under a large physical play area. We removed top soil, leveled & cleared the area and supplied & laid 50mm MOT main base. PGSD also relaid 10mm sharp sand sub base, fitted Geotex membrane matting and laid, trimmed and fixed the artificial turf. All arisings were disposed of from the site.

The project included a Year 3 corridor window area and an area in front of school. PGSD removed shrubs within the corridor area. We supplied & installed a 200 mm high sleeper bed along the wall/ edge of path, and tidied and seeded around the edges.

PGSD is a member of BALI which is the landscape industry’s trade association. All BALI members are monitored and their work standards are inspected on a regular basis.

PGSD announces artificial grass hire agreement with Oxford Brookes University

PGSD artificial grass laying at Oxford Brookes University
PGSD artificial grass laying at Oxford Brookes University

Commercial horticulture contractor PGSD Limited has been named as a supplier to Oxford Brookes University. The company supplies and lays high quality Artificial Grass to temporarily cover external areas for key events and ceremonies, including graduation.

The 900 square metres of the Kempton Range is used for numerous ceremonies every year. After each event, the artificial grass is removed and put into storage until the next ceremony.

Alan Wright, PGSD General Manager, commented: “The success of the Oxford Brookes installation and removal opens a new line of business in renting out artificial grass. It increases our expertise and strength in this rapidly expanding market.”

Oxford Brookes University can trace its origins back to 1865. There are some 17,000 students and the University continues to expand its facilities, premises and curriculum.

PGSD is an experienced commercial horticulture contractor, with contracts spanning from a few thousand pounds to those in excess of £5,000,000. The company has the depth of knowledge and the technical capability to undertake contracts in the commercial sector.

PGSD won London in Bloom awards in 2004, 2006, 2013 and 2014. Using the PGSD partnering approach with clients, ensures that the key aspects of best value, quality, environmental protection and health and safety are all fully covered. The company supplies horticulture services to some of the largest names in construction, highway maintenance and facilities management, as well as over 80 schools.

Stanley Primary Pond Opening – School Pond Installation

On Sunday May 17th 2015 Stanley Primary School Teddington opened their school pond installation constructed by PGSD Ltd. It was opened by local Mayoress Jane Boulton as part of their vibrant May Fair. The event was well attended by parents, students and local residents. Who enjoyed a band, ferret racing, mobile zoo and local pub Brouge at the Old Goat supplied refreshments. After cutting the red ribbon, the new school pond installation was open for visitors.

Children were able to take part in a variety of activities, including a quiz on the wildlife and helping to plant vegetables and plants. But most popular was the pond dipping to see what had move in already. There were plenty of insects to see and the caretaker has already spotted a newt!

They have also had a beautiful outdoor classroom installed to allow the children to learn in this fantastic environment, complete with a throne!

PGSD Ltd is delighted with how the pond is already integrated to the landscape. It was great to see the finished product being enjoyed by so many people. We were part of a group of contractors who worked on various parts of the school site in the past 12 months. The change in the overall look of the site has been interesting to see. Well done to everyone involved.

The School won a Silver Gilt award for their Living Classroom at the Richmond Borough in Bloom awards.

PGSD’s pond forms part of this.

Please look a the link to the award and construction images