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09 December 2020

idverde Playground Project Receives Prestigious Landscaping Award

idverde is delighted to have been presented with a prestigious Award from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) in recognition of its outstanding project delivery.

On Friday 7th December, idverde colleagues joined representatives from across the landscape industry for the 2020 BALI Awards Ceremony, which, due to Covid-19, was held online for the first time in its 44-year history.

idverde was extremely proud to receive a Principal Award in the Community and Schools Development category for its work to deliver a new adventure playground at Holland Park on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

To succeed in this category the project must impress the adjudicators with innovative use of materials and effective use of space, and the completed project must be a good fit for the community. idverde’s delivery of Holland Park’s new adventure playground surpassed five other projects in its field to receive the Principal Award, denoting it as best in its category.

BALI’s adjudicators noted “the contractor has delivered this new and innovative adventure playground, bringing together bespoke play with playable sustainable drainage design to create an inclusive, all-ages and all-weather play landscape that comes alive when it rains. The success of the project can be gauged by the extensive use of the playground which draws the Public from many London Boroughs. A skillfully executed project.”

idverde’s Operations Director, Alistair Bayford, who led the project, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded a prestigious Principal Award for our work at Holland Park Adventure Playground. The project was an intricate mix of materials and construction techniques that delivered a bespoke, one-off solution.

“Within a constrained site and executed through the winter months the project team overcome a number of unique challenges to deliver a scheme of exacting standards. The project realised the bold vision of our client, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the design team of Erect Architecture and Robert Bray Associates, to deliver a playful, water sensitive landscape with a complex sustainable urban drainage scheme at its heart.

“On top of the recognition through a National Landscape Award in the Hard Landscaping category, the award for our work in the Community and Schools Development category is just reward for the commitments we place on delivering high quality schemes for the benefit of the communities in which we work; a commitment that extends to include creating opportunities for employment, community participation, local procurement and contributing positively to the environment through careful consideration of our impacts during construction and management.”