Throughout 2019 Costco have been constructing new petrol stations at select locations across the UK. The construction of these sites required a full-scale landscaping renovation from topsoil amelioration right through to tree and shrub planting.
SPA Landscaping’s large in-house team carried out the work across a number of the sites and utilised established nursery suppliers, Johnsons of Whixley for on-site delivery of the plant and shrubbery stock.
Plant varieties supplied to the various Costco sites have included a large number of trees including Sorbus ‘Sheerwater seedling’, Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ and Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’. 1000s of shrubs were also supplied including Griselinia littoralis 10L, Hebe ‘Mrs Winder’ 5L, Vinca Major 2L, Viburnum tinus 2L, Hedera Hibernica 2L, Spirea ‘Anthony Waterer’, Escallonia rubra ‘Macrantha’, Carpinus betulus and Photinia ‘Red Robin’.
Before planting, SPA used a rotavator to break up, churn and aerate the soil before providing a mulch finish. Speaking of the process Alex Anthony, Director at SPA Landscaping said “The benefits of doing such include conservation of soil moisture, improving fertility and health of the soil, reducing weed growth and enhancing the visual appeal of the area. Once this process is complete, we arrange delivery of the planting stock with Johnson’s of Whixley, who always deliver on-site and on-time.”
Due to the summer heat at one location, the SPA team had to ensure the trees, shrubbery and plant materials were adequately watered throughout the landscaping process. This, along with the after-care, was key to guaranteeing on-time establishment of the plants.
Marketing co-ordinator, Eleanor Richardson said: “ It’s been fantastic to work with SPA Landscaping to beautify the grounds of several Costco sites in the UK. Costco is one of the best-known names in trade retailing, with 770 shops worldwide, so it’s great to be associated with them and there latest UK stores.
The success of these initial projects has allowed Costco to continue their petrol station constructions across the country, working alongside both SPA Landscaping and Johnsons of Whixley.
Andrew Graham, Quantity Surveyor for the projects commented “We have been using SPA Landscaping for many years on our new build construction projects as they always provide a quality service on all levels. This is backed up by our Blue Chip Clients that have been so impressed on hand over; the Estate Managers ask me if they can use SPA for the landscaping work’s on their existing sizeable assets.”