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OCS wins major landscaping project at Heathrow Airport

An aerial photograph of London Heathrow Airport

Total facilities management provider OCS, has been awarded a project from airport operator Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) to enhance green spaces around Heathrow Airport.

The works, which will all be carried out within the airport perimeter, will include: creating a woodland area by using woodchip and bulbs; replacing plants along the perimeter roads of the airport as well as at the main entrance tunnels; removing old shrubs around the approach to Terminal 4 and replacing with a combination of ivy and turf to open up the area; infilling hedgerows; and creating new planters with seasonal bedding for terminals 3 and 4.

The OCS team will use more than 19,000 ivy plants, over 1,500 beech hedge plants and around 4,000 lonicera plants. More than 2,000m2 of turf will be planted. All the plants being removed will be recycled at the Heathrow recycling site and turned into compost to be used within the airport perimeter.

The project started in November 2012 and will be finished by the end of January 2013.

The 17-man team involved in the current project was also responsible for creating, in  flowers, the Olympic rings, the Paralympic Agitos symbol and Union Jacks at Heathrow during the Olympic Games. They were recognised for their work by winning the Team of the Year at the annual OCS Heathrow awards.

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