Quadron idverde's partnership with Southwark Council set to continue to 2030

Quadron idverde is delighted to have been re-awarded Southwark Council's borough-wide Parks Grounds Maintenance Service contract following a competitive tendering exercise.

The contract encompasses the management of 97 sites, including 25 Green Flag-accredited parks and greens spaces, the second highest number held by a London borough, and third highest by an English local authority.

Quadron idverde has already been working in partnership with Southwark Council for 20 years, having re-won the Parks Management Contract for a second term when it was last retendered in 2004. During the course of the last contract Quadron idverde has formed an excellent working relationship with the Council, and has regularly exceeded performance targets for its high standards of maintenance of the Council's parks, sports grounds and cemeteries.

The company has also received several industry awards for its maintenance of sites within Southwark, including the coveted British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) Principal Award for Southwark Park in 2014 and Burgess Park in 2013, following on from a National Award for Dulwich Park in 2010.

The new seven-year contract with seven-year extension option, which begins in October 2016, will see a number of innovations introduced, including the new post of Community Development and Volunteer Manager, who will co-ordinate opportunities for structured volunteering sessions in Southwark's parks.
Quadron idverde has also committed to employing five apprentices on the contract, who will be recruited from the local area and study towards an NVQ Level 2 horticulture qualification.

Quadron idverde will be investing in new vehicles and equipment for the start of the new contract. The new equipment will include a number of environmentally friendly Polaris Gem electric utility vehicles, which will be deployed in each of the borough's major parks and cemeteries, as well as electric vans for the supervisors. Other electric equipment including blowers and hedge trimmers will also be used in Southwark's cemeteries and busy park areas, due to their quieter operation and zero emissions, which cause less disturbance to visitors.

Clive Ivil, Quadron idverde's Managing Director, said: "We are delighted that our partnership with Southwark Council is set to continue following the re-award of this contract.

"We are well aware of the Council's emphasis on high quality open spaces that will improve the quality of people's lives, enhance biodiversity and provide opportunities for all. We look forward to continuing the current high standards of maintenance, while also providing greater partnership working opportunities with community groups, and so ensuring a best value service for Southwark's residents."