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Team behind beautiful Bournville secure first landscaping contract

The team behind Bournville’s award-winning parks and open spaces has secured its first landscaping contract for a new student accommodation scheme.

Bournville Village Landscapes, part of Bournville Village Trust, will manage the landscaped areas of Athena Studios in Selly Oak after being awarded the £22,000 contract by Torsion Group.

The £10.4 million complex is being built on the site of the former Bristol Road Ambulance Station by Torsion Group and will be made up of 259 apartments.

As part of the contract, Bournville Village Landscapes will carry out two-weeks’ worth of soft landscaping work including tree, shrub and bulb planting, turf laying and grass seeding.

It will then undertake a 12-month maintenance programme for the scheme, which will open to students in mid-September and is close to the University of Birmingham’s main campus.

Lloyd Gower, Landscapes Manager at Bournville Village Landscapes part of Bournville Village Trust, said: “We are very proud of Bournville Village Landscapes’ progress over the last couple of years, which has seen the team develop and grow.

“The award of this contract demonstrates the high standard and commitment to quality landscaping that Bournville and Bournville Village Trust is so well known for.”

Ben Cohen, Senior Manager at Torsion Group which awarded the contract, said:“Torsion Group have successfully delivered the Athena Studios project with the assistance of Bournville Village Trust delivering the soft landscaping works.

“We are always keen to work with a local supply chain and appreciate the hard work up front and on site with the team.  We are getting a lot of compliments on the landscaping and Bournville Village Trust can be proud of what they have achieved.”

Bournville Village Landscapes manages all of Bournville Village Trust’s parks, open spaces and communal gardens, cutting 500,000 square metres of grass, 14 miles of hedges and planting around 20 new trees each year.

Recently, the Trust’s Village Green was unveiled as one of  this year’s Green Flag Award winners – the mark of a quality park or green space.

Bournville Village Trust is a charity and housing association founded by chocolate-maker and philanthropist George Cadbury.  It provides services to 8,000 homes of mixed tenure and 25,000 people.



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