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Over 60 years Experience

Grimshaw Group 70th Anniversary

Although the origins of the company go back further, Grimshaw Kinnear was incorporated as a limited company in 1947, trading as a sports-ground contractor with offices originally in Cheltenham’s famous Promenade.  Still in the same family ownership, and now headed by a third generation of the Grimshaw family, the company are highly experienced Civil Engineers carrying out a wide range of Engineering Projects including roadworks, car-parks, drainage, flood alleviation sports and play surfacing and maintenance. The specialist Sports Division has been building tennis courts and sports/play facilities for 70 years and the company is now thought to be the oldest established tennis court constructor in the UK.  The Lawn Tennis Association recognised the company’s expertise in tennis court construction when it was one of the six UK court constructors invited to become founder members of the Tennis Court Constructors Federation of Great Britain (TCCF) in 1986.  The TCCF has since developed to become SAPCA (Sports and Play Construction Association) which now represents most aspects of sports construction in the UK.  Grimshaws is still an active member of SAPCA and is bound by its codes of practice complying or exceeding the requirements of the LTA/SAPCA Guideline Specifications. Grimshaws deliberately limit the radius of its Civil Engineering and Construction operations to within approximately a 50 mile radius of Cheltenham to ensure it can maintain a traditional family business service with it's own experienced workforce.  Customer care is at the core of its trading and it has created a very strong repeat business base alongside new customers.  Many of the long standing tennis court customers have benefited from court maintenance services for several decades. In 2007 the company diversified to include the on-line selling of sports equipment at based on years of experience in Sports Construction.  This successful division now sells mostly UK manufactured goods throughout the UK as well as exporting to customers around the world. "We take pride in our family business, working hard to provide a service which combines our extensive experience and highly skilled workforce with a personal service."  Russell Grimshaw - Director  

Sports Court Refurbishment

As well as moss and algae killing and deep cleaning  some courts require a little more attention.  Physical renewal of the court surfaces can vary from patching, polymeric binder coat and colouring, re-lining, surface dressing (in the case of a grey-green grit tennis court), rejuvenating/renewing redgra, through to full scale resurfacing. Meanwhile the court surrounds can often require repair or replacement.  If courts or their surrounds have suffered over time or through the enthusiasm of vandals, then a face-lift is a good way to ensure player/spectator safety as well as preventing a full scale replacement further down the line.  Of course there is a cost associated with the works, but it is normally much cheaper to maintain or refresh existing facilities sooner, rather than to replace or resurface them completely later. If vandalism is a particular problem then the following options are available during the initial build or as a part of a refurbishment programme. - Galvanised wire rope can be used instead of line wire - Galvanise the surround steel work prior to powder coating - Heavier duty uprights - Heavier gauge chain-link - Twin-wire fencing or Anti-climb fencing (where the mesh is very small to eliminate finger and toe holes). Other things to consider when maintaining your surround are making sure you remove wind break netting in bad weather (especially snow), avoid letting vegetation growing through and keep an eye on surrounding trees (a surprising number of fences and courts have been damaged by not only falling branches but also falling trees). If you have a facility which is looking a bit tired, or needs replacing or modernising, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Civil Engineering then and now

This watercolour was painted circa 1949 by W Bruce Smith and shows Grimshaw constructing a new road somewhere in North Wales. Mr Smith was our Draughtsman/Surveyor from 1948-1975 and it was painted on the job unfortunately it would not be likely to happen nowadays aside from anything else everyone has a camera on their phone! Our machines are just a little more modern now as well.

Tennis Court Refurbishment and Construction

Tennis CourtHere we go, finally some decent weather and it's really time to sort your tennis court out. If you need to clear some moss then we recommend Qualgex, we also carry a range of tennis posts and tennis nets to suit all situations. If you live in Gloucestershire or the surrounding Counties then we offer a maintenance service and new build tennis courts constructed to the Sports and Play Construction Association specifications. Whatever your requirements we offer a friendly and professional service so please don't hesitate to contact us.

Nostalgia Building Supplies

FPS-SP-N-SMC014Grimshaws have just had some lovely feedback from one of their customers using their reproduction building supplies website :

It has been a pleasure dealing with your company especially Adrian who went out of his way to ensure we received our fire surrounds this week. He is a credit to your organisation with his timely communication and customer focussed attitude. I would most definitely recommend your company to my family and friends.

The fireplaces look fabulous!!

Tennis Court Resurfacing

Sports Construction

Sports Construction (Photo credit: Grimshaw Group)

Just had some lovely feedback on our latest resurfacing of a grey-green grit tennis court: "the work has been carried out to our entire satisfaction - a really beautiful looking surface has been made, I think even better than the original....the two men who did the main part of the job were really excellent...they kept us informed of what they were doing and why."

Tennis Court Refurbishment

Sports Construction

Sports Construction (Photo credit: Grimshaw Group)

We have just finished refurbishment works at Cam and Dursley Tennis Club and received the following comments: "thank you for the excellent work carried out refurbishing our tennis courts.  They are now looking very sprightly and have already been the subject of many approving comments.  We would be happy to recommend your company to other tennis clubs wishing to have similar work carried out." Needless to say we really appreciate the feedback and can also recommend Cam and Dursley Tennis Club as a friendly and approachable Tennis Club.

Moss on your Tennis Court

Qualgex Grimshaw

Qualgex Grimshaw (Photo credit: Grimshaw Group)

Spring is often the time when you take a good look at your tennis court and realise that you really need to tackle the moss, especially after all the wet weather we had last year.

Now is a good time to get prepared and we recommend using Qualgex but please remember that to ensure it works effectively you need to spray when the temperature is above 6 degrees Centigrade and rain is not imminent.

Please remember that it is unwise to use an iron (ferrous) based weed or moss killer on your tennis court.

The end result can be that your court becomes marked with rust stains which are very difficult to remove.

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Nostalgia Building Supplies

We have just added handmade bricks to our Nostalgia Building Supplies shop.

Blending by hand and selective positioning in the firing kiln all helps to create a beautiful brick reflecting centuries of craftmanship.

They are available in both metric and imperial sizes and various colours.

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Going Batty with Planning Permission

If you have had the pleasure of trying to cater for bats whilst trying to renovate, refurbish or rebuild then you may have hit a few snags. Here is a beautifully simple solution to provide shared accomodation to hopefully keep you, the bats and the planners happy. There are 3 designs available and they can be made to match a multitude of brick types.
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