We take our select List application process very seriously and are proud to say that we are now accepted as Select Contractors for External works, Hard & Soft Landscaping, Sportsground & Play Area construction with over 45 Local Authorities & many more Construction Companies & National UK Architects. Our CHAS Registration, along with Constructionline combined with our Health and Safety procedures & our consistently high levels of quality training throughout the company have taken us to the forefront of the Landscaping & Sportsground industry. Current Clients include:

  • Anthony Walker Partners
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Barnsley Metropolitan District Council
  • Bolton MBC
  • Bowmer & Kirkland
  • Bradford MBC
  • Brandon United FC
  • CHAS
  • Constructionline
  • Derby Council
  • Derwentside District Council
  • Dunelm Property Service
  • Durham County Council
  • Elliot Landscape Architect
  • Ferguson & McIlveen
  • Gentoo Sunderland
  • Glen Kemp
  • Groundwork West Durham
  • Groundwork East Durham
  • Groundwork Leeds
  • Harrogate Borough Council
  • HGB Construction
  • Hull City Council
  • James Cook University Hospital
  • Kier North East
  • Kompan Play
  • Leeds City Council
  • Leeming Associates
  • Miller Construction
  • Middlesbrough Borough Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Northumberland County Council
  • North Tyneside Council
  • North Yorkshire County Council
  • Preston Council
  • Robertson Construction
  • Rotherham Metropolitan District Council
  • Scarborough Borough Council
  • Sheffield MBC
  • Shepherd Construction
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Southern Green Ltd
  • South Tyneside Council
  • Stockton Borough Council
  • Sunderland Asoociation Football Club
  • Sunderland City Council
  • Utilitis Vendor Database
  • Wakefield Council
  • Wear Valley Distrcit Council

and many more..........................................................

Brambledown Clients

Barnes Park Regeneration - Sunderland

Barnes Park SunderlandBrambledown have been appointed Main Contractors in The Restoration of Barnes Park Sunderland. Works will comprise of a full Heritage Lottery funded Restoration to all aspects of the park. This scheme will encorporate various forms of hard and soft landscaping as well as civil engineering and will take 18 months to complete.

Sunderland's Barnes Park, a key part of the city's heritage for more than 100 years, will be rejuvinated with Heritage Lottery funding - and the work will be starting this August.

The land for Barnes Park, set in a beautiful valley through which the Bishopwearmouth Burn flows, was originally bought for the princely sum of £8,500 in 1904.

Three years later, when the depression of trade struck in 1907, the laying out of the park was started - this became a source of employment for a number of practical gardeners from the area, with a total of 2,798 men being employed. The park was then opened in August 1909.  Many of the established trees were retained with oak, ash, beech and elm trees constituting its main wooded growth. Paths meandered throughout the park in all directions and at the west side, on the most elevated piece of ground, two bowling greens, tennis courts, and a cafe were established.

The park has since been home to a wide range of wildlife and with nesting boxes being provided, breeding birds have regularly returned to the park over the years. Water hens, starlings, linnets, snipes, tits, diving ducks, and chaffinches can be frequently observed. And with time taking its toll, the time has come for new life for the old.

The plans...

After a two year bidding process, Sunderland City Council has secured over £3 Million to restore the historic features and to redevelop its amenities for future generations, and appointed Brambledown as main contractor.

The restoration of Barnes Park  by Brambledown will include the canon, bandstand, railings and the park gates, as well as developing the park for all to enjoy with play spaces for all ages and a sensory garden.

Cllr Mel Speding says that this all happened with the support from local residents: "This success is also down to the support of the many people involved, including the citizens of Sunderland who gave up their time for the consultations and the local friends and community groups."

The all important park plants will also be in line for attention. Excess shrubbery and tree coverage will be removed and the lake will be totally rejuvenated. And it's not just Barnes Park that is the pride of Sunderland - Mowbray Park, which Brambledown were also involved with restoring, was named Britain's Best Park in 2008 and was itself regenerated with Heritage Lottery funding.

Local Residents, School Children and Friends of Barnes Park worked together with the Council to put together the exciting plans for Barnes Park. The restoration and regeneration plans have been broken down into two Phases namely, Phase 1, which will commence on Monday 19th October 2009 and Phase 2, which will commence in April 2010.

Whilst work will be solely split into these two phases, there will be certain activities from Phase 2 which will be worked upon during Phase 1 such as Tree Removal and installation of CCTV cameras. Brambledown are already underway with the bulk of the clearance works invoklved with the site.

Throughout the restoration/regeneration programme The Coach House Cafe will remain open. The Bowling Greens will be open as usual during the bowling season and as soon as the Play area's are complete they will be open to the Public, in accordance with Health and Safety regulations for the site i.e. access to the remaining park will be closed and only the play area accessible via the Coach House entrance at Barnes Park Road. You can view the restoration plans in more depth here on the Barnes Park Regeneration page on Sunderland City Council's website or download a map of the regeneration project here. By clicking on an area within the map, you will be able to see more detailed description of works to be carried out, which include a new Sensory Garden

We hope that you will agree that the proposals for the redeveloped park, along with the help of Brambledown,  will bring Barnes Park right into the 21st Century, whilst also restoring its precious heritage.

Brambledown will commence work on Branes Park on Monday 19th October 2009 and will be completed 18 months later.

Update: Phase 1 was successfully completed by Brambledown and that part of Barnes Park is now open to the public. Extra ordinary weather conditions meant that work was delayed by several weeks at one point but increased men on site and long hours enabled Brambledown to meet the original handover date and opening ceremony attended by thousands of residents of Sunderland. It was a wonderful site to see the new park full on a wonderful summers day and Keith Rattray or Brambledown and his team of expert Park Restoration personnel have created a superb scheme to date.

CASE STUDIES - Hard Landscaping

Barnard Castle Skate Park

Barnard Castle Skate Park


The young people of Barnard Castle have been working towards a skate park for some time. The project involved laying a hard surface area suitable for skating and roller blading, fenced to match the existing multi-sports pitch adjacent to the proposed site and erect a skate park.


Central Focus, Meadowell, North Shields

Client: North Tyneside Council

Redevelopment of the Meadowell area of North Shields. The levels and walls create an amphitheatre effect, while the ‘Celtic Knot’ paving is a distinctive and unique feature. This project won a BALI National Landscape award for Hard Landscaping.

Chester-Le-Street Hospital

Chester-Le-Street Hospital

Client: Robertson Construction

Extensive Hard and soft Landscaping was provided by Brambledown for the new Chester-Le-Street hospital complex. The design also included the installation of ornate courtyard gardens (below) hidden away behind the hospitals main walls. These provided a relaxation area for patients of all ages at the hospital.
Car parking facilities were provided along with pathways, entrance facilities and planting throughout the grounds.

MSCP - St James Boulevard

MSCP - St James Boulevard

Client: Newcastle City Council

Consultant: Napper Architectural Design

Main Contractor: Shepherd Construction

Multi-level, multi-material paving, raised radius planter construction, electrical ducting installation, slot & surface drainage, steps and ramps, street trees, trees and shrubs and public footpath reinstatement.

Arthurs Hill Phases 1 & 2

Arthurs Hill - Phases 1 & 2

Client: Newcastle Neighbourhood Services

Consultant: City Design

Budget: £1.5 million

External revitalisation work, brick wall demolition / rebuild, fencing / gates, block paving, concreting, drainage, footpath reinstatement, door replacements, window replacements, roofing repairs, rainwater goods, redecoration, stonework repairs, rendering, planting & turfing.

macmillan collegeMacmillan College Middlesbrough

Client: Macmillan College

Consultant: Leeming Associates

Budget: £250,000

External works to new college in Middlesbrough including resin bind pathways, raised planters, trip rails, pin curbing, carpark construction and new walkways. Also tree and shrub planting as well as brick works.


South Middlesborough City Academy

South Middlesbrough City Academy

Client: Kings Academy South Middlesbrough

Main Contractor: Surgo (Formerly Bowey Construction)

In 2003 Brambledown won a contract to provide 5 grass pitches, a grass cricket square, an artificial cricket wicket, an all weather pitch and a multi-use games area with ball court fencing for South Middlesbrough Academy. Work carried out included earthworks, drainage, cultivation and seeding and landscaping and was fully completed in early 2004.

Barnard Castle Skate Park

Barnard Castle Skate Park

Client: Durham County Council

The young people of Barnard Castle have been working towards a skate park for some time. The project involved laying a hard surface area suitable for skating and roller blading, fenced to match the existing multi-sports pitch adjacent to the proposed site and erect a skate park.

arthurs hill

Arthurs Hill - Phases 1 & 2

Client: Newcastle City Council

External revitalisation work, brick wall demolition / rebuild, fencing / gates, block paving, concreting, drainage, footpath reinstatement, door replacements, window replacements, roofing repairs, rainwater goods, redecoration, stonework repairs, rendering, planting & turfing.


SAGE UK Headquarters

Client: SAGE

Over 800 semi-mature trees including 8 Metasequoia of 100cm girth. Large areas of woodland transplants and evergreen shrub mixes.


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