28 February 2012

MJ Abbott features in February issue of The Landscaper

Watching a landscaping project take shape can be a slow process. Weather, equipment, funding and labour issues can all affect the time it takes to complete – but equally a well planned scheme can be achieved in record time without cutting any corners. Michael Bird of The Landscaper visits a site in Wiltshire where everything went according to plan.

MJ Abbott features in February issue of The Landscaper

The completed landscape scheme

Landscaping projects come in all shapes and sizes, but the one carried out in Wiltshire last summer by specialist ground works and sports turf contractor, MJ Abbott Limited, has to rank high for its diversity, tight deadline and the sensitivity applied towards the environment and the customer, who remained in residence as the contract unfolded.

The finished result is testament to the care and skill applied by MJ Abbott’s 20-strong site team to a high quality, 2,000 sq m landscaping project commissioned to complement a stunning barn conversion some 15 miles west of Salisbury.

Involving hard and soft landscaping and the installation of comprehensive drainage and irrigation systems, the finished scheme is now featured on MJ Abbott’s website alongside other projects completed by the company over the past three decades on golf courses, sports grounds, parks and amenity areas, commercial sites, housing developments and private gardens throughout Britain and continental Europe.

Although engaged as the sole landscaping contractor on this particular project, MJ Abbott is equally happy to work alongside others, bringing in its own specialist machinery and staff to assist with requirements large or small ranging from major civil earthworks to utility service installations, paving to planting and turf laying to constructing a pump house for a swimming pool or irrigation scheme.

In fact, it was the company’s experience in irrigation that helped it secure this particular contract, as MJ Abbott’s Operations Director, Mick Regan, explained. “I received a phone call in June 2011 from Peter Borchert of Wilton-based design practice, The Classic Architecture Company, who we knew from a previous project. Peter explained that the owner of a barn conversion designed by his firm had requested that the land around the building be landscaped in time for a party planned to celebrate the completion of a new swimming pool.”

“Peter knew that we had the skills and resources to carry out the job which would also include the design and installation of complementary drainage and irrigation systems,” said Mick. “The all-important question was whether we could meet the client’s completion deadline just two weeks’ away.”

Read the full article in the February issue of The Landscaper: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cda8ddeb?dm_i=GQO,PAZG,29LS9C,21H5D,1#/cda8ddeb/18

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