Town & Country Cleaning has contracted with Geo. Hodges & Son Ltd to clean and help launch the new site at Refields Garden Centre, a new multi-million redevelopment in Church Crookham, Fleet.
Based in Staffordshire and established in 1877, Hodges is a privately owned building and civil engineering contractor with a reputation for high quality and client focus. Hodges specialises in large-scale construction projects and has worked with the Blue Diamond Group on multiple sites across the UK.
Founded in Guernsey in 1904 as a fruit export company, the Blue Diamond Group has grown to become the fourth largest garden centre retail group in the UK, employing over 1,000 people. Prior to the involvement from Blue Diamond, Redfields was a true family business, founded in 1977 by father and son team Roy and Richard Jones.
The company’s success is based on offering customers aspirational environments in which to shop for the garden and home. Blue Diamond garden centres are renowned for their customer service and product innovation recognised nationally with business and retail awards.
Lee Turner, Managing Director of Town & Country Cleaning said, “we have been cleaning for Redfields Garden Centre since 2009, which is our biggest single site customer. As such we are committed to doing everything we can to support Redfields”.
“This includes a personal guarantee to provide a 24-hour service level agreement. Winning the builders clean contract is a natural extension to cleaning the existing site as well as the ongoing contract cleaning once the new site is open to the public”.
Hodges are very particular about contracting with third party contractors. For example, company information and health and safety documentation was all stipulated prior to giving consent to working at the site. This included Town & Country’s Safe Contractor accreditation, IPAL/PAF certified operatives using scissor lifts, and site-specific detailed risk assessment and method statements.
The Redfields project involves a 4-phased approach to completing the initial builders clean leading up to the launch date on the 19 November 2013. This includes using mobile platform scissor lifts, SkyVac high-level vacuuming, multiple window teams using Reach & Wash systems and spot cleaning of all internal and external windows and cladding, as well as extensive floor, kitchen and restaurant deep cleans. Also, the team needs to support the merchandising teams with repeat cleaning of all retail shelving and units.