OUTCO’s landscape installation services create aesthetically pleasing workspaces, through well-maintained buildings and attractively landscaped grounds – vital in creating a positive first impressions by visitors
OUTCO creates aesthetically pleasing workspaces, through well-maintained buildings and attractively landscaped grounds, which is vital in creating a positive first impressions by visitors. There are significant benefits to be had by making the most of the environment in which staff work on a daily basis. Well maintained and creative external natural surroundings can positively impact productivity and improve physical and mental wellbeing. OUTCO offer a full suite of landscaping projects, exterior design and surveys to suit all outdoor estates regardless of size or location.
Are you searching for experienced facility grounds contractors in the UK to turn your commercial outdoor spaces into captivating and inviting environments? Look no further than OUTCO. With access to skilled professionals with extensive experience in commercial landscaping, we are committed to creating stunning outdoor spaces that leave a lasting impression. At OUTCO, we understand the importance of a well-designed and carefully executed outdoor space. Whether you run a facility, office building, retail centre, hotel, or public space, our teams have experience in handling landscape installations for a wide range of commercial properties. We offer comprehensive services that cover every aspect of outdoor space design and installation, ensuring that your vision becomes a reality.
OUTCO grass services offer a guaranteed way to keep your grass looking smart, tidy and professional throughout the growing season
OUTCO’s hedge cutting services ensure your hedges are well-maintained and looking great, and also prevent spreading and overgrowth into walkways, ensuring safe, unobstructed passage for pedestrians
OUTCO’s litter picking service includes the removal of all litter and waste from commercial properties, as well as the disposal of all waste in accordance with government legislation
Our expert pruning teams will keep your shrubs, bushes and lawns shaped, edged and well maintained, improving their appearance
OUTCO provides sweeping and blowing services to keep your facility clean. We help you prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris, and keep your sites clean and safe
OUTCO’s tree works teams provide a full range of tree maintenance operations including felling, crown lifting, pollarding, canopy reductions, aerial dismantling, stump grinding and surveys for diseases such as ash dieback
OUTCO offers comprehensive tree surveys which include a detailed health and condition assessment and a risk assessment
Strimming is an effective way to maintain grass in hard-to-reach grass areas, around tree bases, obstacles or grass banks. After grass cutting, strimming helps to keep edges looking neat and tidy and can also be effective in maintaining large grass brush areas
Invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hog Weed, Himalayan Balsam (to name but a few), and other non-native plants pose a significant threat to the UK landscape and its biodiversity and can cause serious damage or harm to people and infrastructure
OUTCO believes in the importance of creating a well-maintained environment. OUTCO uses selective chemical herbicide weed spraying to target specific weed types, or non-specific herbicides for broader control when required
Leaf clearance takes place during the autumn season and includes the clearance, collection and removal of leaf debris from lawns, walkways and car parks. Regular leaf clearance helps to preserve lawns and shrubs from damage caused by excessive leaf coverage and promotes a healthy landscape
OUTCO offers a regular, scheduled bin emptying service that helps to maintain a healthy, clean site and avoids the attraction of pests and vermin. Our hassle-free service empties bins of all sizes and can remove all waste from site
Why Landscape Installations Matter
When it comes to facility landscape projects, landscape installations act as enhancements to the property. Similar to adding new renovations to a house, landscape installations involve transforming and improving the outdoor spaces of your facility or office building. Common landscape installations for facility projects include new trees, bed installations, hedges, fences, landscaping beds with a variety of plants and shrubs, patios, outdoor furnaces, gravel pathways, mulch, and turf installations. The value of landscape installations goes beyond aesthetics. An unmaintained property not only affects your facility’s appeal but also impacts its attractiveness to potential renters and visitors. Just like home renovations, landscape installations increase the value of your facility. High-quality landscaping can boost your facility’s curb appeal by approximately 20 percent, leaving a positive impression on guests and passersby. In addition to enhancing property value, landscape installations contribute to long-term lawn health. By incorporating trees, shrubs, and other plants into your outdoor areas, you create natural drainage systems. These additional plants absorb excess ground water, helping to prevent waterlogging issues and maintaining optimal grass health. Moreover, trees and larger landscape installations provide shade, reducing energy costs for your facility. This eco-friendly approach not only saves you money but also contributes to a greener environment.
Whether you run a facility, office building, retail centre, hotel, or public space, our teams have experience in handling landscape installations for a wide range of commercial properties
Understanding landscape design
An enriched landscape doesn’t have to come with a premium price tag. Landscapes that improve biodiversity can be implemented with no increased budget or investment and can be delivered at no added cost through a design by maintenance regime followed over an agreed period of time. When carrying out an assessment of a site, OUTCO considers if there are areas that are less often used. These can be repurposed to provide a real opportunity for wildlife havens such as urban woodlands, offering far greater visual interest while also encouraging biodiversity. Such areas require some investment to plant initially but compared to a lawn than needs frequent visits to mow, ultimately require far less ongoing intensive maintenance – hence, swapping one for the other can be cost neutral.
Grounds maintenance to suit facility managers
Part of the challenge of using green spaces strategically is often down to the arrangements in place for grounds maintenance, which are too often bogged down in following established practices and service regimes. This often starts with the contracts and KPIs given to grounds maintenance contractors. OUTCO effective contracts and KPIs not only enable quality standards to be measured and managed, but also let Facilities Managers drive forward strategies and allocate resources accordingly.
A crucial component of both of these are the grounds maintenance service specifications that set out the services required from contractors. Input specifications are most commonly used for grounds maintenance and often present a schedule of tasks, a set number of visits and fixed methodologies dictating what, when and how service is delivered. This input-based approach makes the procurement process more simple when comparing contractors on a like-for-like basis. Yet when it comes to delivering on strategic objectives such as developing multifunctional, sustainable landscapes, working to inputs can create a barrier to success – services may be delivered to rule irrespective of whether the end result is achieved. Input based specifications carry a danger of landscaping being reduced to a quantitative exercise that discourages suppliers from being more consultative and creative and in taking an active role in achieving broader business objectives. Hence, when pursuing a green infrastructure strategy, it is worth considering adopting an output-based approach that focuses on what you want to achieve.
Consulting is key to developing an effective green infrastructure strategy and landscape management plan. Summer presents the ideal opportunity for this, as facility green spaces see the heaviest use at this time. Plans developed over the summer can also be implemented during winter months, which is the optimum time for jobs such as native tree and shrub planting and preparing grounds for wildflower seeding or turfing. We recommend the following steps for ambitious landscape thinking:
- Assess how green spaces on sites are used and identify who uses the space and when?
- Carry out a detailed landscape survey across your portfolio to gain an understanding of what green assets are on site and their condition.
- Consult with stakeholders as to what improvements may be desired and work to identify business priorities and objectives.
- Utilise OUTCO to provide expert advice and come up with innovative ideas for site improvements.
- On larger estates or portfolios, engage with OUTCO to create landscape management and maintenance plans. This will help drive innovative ideas and ways in which to maximise your green and open space potential.
- Create a vision, aims and objectives that landscape improvements can be measured against over the short, medium and long term.
- Review maintenance specifications, KPIs and landscape management plans ensuring they fit with the vision.
- Think outside the box and be creative – urban orchards, woodlands and meadows and food growing clubs are just a few ideas that are very easy to implement.
OUTCO’s Landscape Installation Process
At OUTCO, we take pride in delivering outstanding results through planning, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. Our landscape installation process begins with a thorough consultation to understand your unique requirements, preferences, and goals. Our team of designers and project managers will work closely with you to create a tailored plan that maximises the potential of your outdoor areas.
Soft Landscaping Services
Our landscape installation services encompass a broad range of elements, from hard landscaping to soft landscaping and everything in between. Our commercial grounds maintenance operatives have the experience and expertise to transform your outdoor spaces into functional, beautiful, and sustainable areas. Whether you need paving and pathways, water features, seating areas, or green spaces, we have the skills and resources to bring your vision to life.
Professionalism and Environmental Responsibility
When you choose OUTCO as your landscape installation partner, you can trust that your project will be handled with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. Our team of outdoor space specialists is fully licensed, insured, and trained to industry standards. We adhere to strict health and safety protocols to ensure a safe working environment for our team and your visitors.
At OUTCO, we take pride in our commitment to sustainable practices. We prioritize eco-friendly solutions and use materials that are responsibly sourced and environmentally friendly whenever possible. Our landscape installation techniques are designed to minimize waste and promote resource conservation, allowing you to create stunning outdoor spaces while minimizing your ecological footprint.
At OUTCO, we understand that creating aesthetically pleasing workspaces involves more than just well-maintained buildings; attractively landscaped grounds are also vital in creating positive first impressions for visitors. In addition to leaving a lasting impact on guests and passersby, there are significant benefits to be had by making the most of the environment in which your staff works on a daily basis. Well-maintained and creatively designed external natural surroundings can positively impact productivity and improve physical and mental well-being.
Hard Landscaping Services
When it comes to hard landscaping, our network of teams of skilled craftsmen excel in creating durable and visually appealing structures. From installing impressive stone walkways and decorative walls to constructing striking pergolas and outdoor seating areas, we combine functionality with aesthetics to create spaces that are both inviting and practical.
Our soft landscaping services focus on the living elements of your landscape, including plants, trees, and flowers. Our team of horticultural experts will carefully select and install a diverse range of plantings that complement your overall design and thrive in your specific environment. With our extensive knowledge of plants and their growth requirements, we ensure that your landscape remains vibrant and healthy throughout the seasons.
OUTCO’s commitment to excellence extends beyond the initial landscape installation. We offer ongoing support to keep your outdoor spaces looking their best year-round. Our maintenance plans provide regular care and maintenance, including irrigation management, pruning, fertilization, and pest control, ensuring the longevity and beauty of your landscape investment.
Flexible Solutions for Unique Needs
We understand that every commercial property has unique needs and budgetary considerations. That’s why we offer flexible solutions tailored to your specific requirements. Whether you’re looking for a complete landscape overhaul or targeted enhancements to specific areas, OUTCO has the expertise and resources to deliver exceptional results within your desired timeframe and budget.
Tesco’s approached retail specialists OUTCO to complete critical car park repairs to its superstore in Brighouse. Following an initial scoping visit in March issues with levels, safety critical areas and drainage were identified. OUTCO produced a full survey of the asset and provided a report outlining the immediate repairs required. Collaborating with our client and supply chain a proposal was put forward to Tesco to complete the works using a Reduced Emissions Asphalt (REA) with added environmental benefits.
TESCO approached waterproofing experts OUTCO to assist with repairs to the top deck to their Multi-Storey Car Park of their Superstore. Following 30 years of use, surface deterioration and water ingress, OUTCO were asked to carry major works to the upper deck, these works would ensure the deck was watertight and would bring a fresh new look to the car park.
Our client approached OUTCO following severe dilapidation to the entranceway into the safari park and main car parks. Repairs were required to 39 areas, with a limited budget due to the parks closure, in line with COVID pandemic protocols, OUTCO maximised the repairs within the budget available.
As the leaves begin to fall, businesses of every size are faced with the annual challenge of leaf accumulation on their premises. Those red, brown and yellow tones of Autumn may look stunning and evoke dreamy thoughts of stirring family walks and mulled wine, but for business, falling leaves clog drains, leading to water damage and flooding, and accumulate on paths, car parks, and other areas, posing a slip and fall hazard. Fallen leaves also attract pests and block gutters
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