As specialist M&E Contractors, Kimpton don’t often get asked to provide gardening services but, as part of a reconfiguration of the Capital Building’s atrium restaurant, our client MAPP asked us to remove some ornamental lime trees that had out-grown the space.
Our Mechanical Supervisor Stephen Loughran has already worked with Natasha Baker at The Capital Building to find good homes for 15 pallets of reclaimed carpet tiles, and knew that these lime trees and their containers were too good to end up as wood chip and scrap metal.
However, at 12’ high and 8’ wide we were unsure who would have enough space to take them!
After putting the word out via various networks, Kieron O’Toole MCIOB put us in touch with Jodie Cockram, Operations Manager at NHS Alder Hey Academy, who luckily had the perfect spot for these gorgeous trees.
The trees were first moved to the basement loading area and then lifted onto the tail lift truck, with the team trying to protect them for the short journey across the city.
Once on site, there was a lot of manoeuvring to get the trees into place in the atrium.
But with them finally in place, they look great and really help to bring the park surrounding the new hospital buildings flow inside the building at either entrance!
In June 2022 we launch our ESG Group where we’ll be working to share ideas and best practice (like tree donating!) across the three Kimpton departments – M&E Building Services, HVAC Service & Maintenance and Acoustic Engineering.
This process was kicked off with Matt Breakwell meeting with Kane Greenough of Morgan Sindall last week who shared some great ideas along with an overview of what Tier One Contractors such as his own company will be expecting from their supply chain in the future.
There are going to be some stringent carbon and waste reduction targets imposed by clients and we’re all going to have to work together to meet them.
If you’ve come up with any ingenious ways to reduce your waste we’d love to hear (and copy) them!