With its previous contract with The London Borough of Southwark stretching back to 1996, idverde (trading as Quadron Services) was very pleased to re-win this and an additional area in 2004 to create an Integrated Parks and Grounds Management Contract for the entire borough. A five-year extension was made to the original contract term, and when the contract was re-tendered in 2016, Quadron idverde was delighted to be re-awarded the contract, with the partnership now potentially continuing until 2030.
The contract is divided into five areas, each centred around a major park: Peckham Rye, Burgess, Dulwich, Southwark and Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. In order to provide effective customer and client liaison in each area, Quadron idverde has mirrored its client’s structure and provided a supervisor for each area and head gardener for each of the five major parks.
Historic Dulwich Park has been awarded a BALI National Award in 2010, described by the judge as being one of the best parks he has ever seen: a real accolade to the park’s team. The Borough received a further accolade in 2013 with a BALI Principal Award for Burgess Park in recognition of its high standards of maintenance, client satisfaction levels and community involvement, followed by another BALI Principal Award for Southwark Park in 2014 and a National Award in 2016 for Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.
Southwark now has 25 Green Flag parks, gaining more each year, with Victory Community Park and Pasley Park being the newest additions in 2016. This is the third highest number of Green Flags held by any Local Authority in England, and great news for the people of Southwark, who enjoy the benefits of local green spaces of the very highest standards.
Quadron idverde introduced electric vehicles into its parks in Southwark. The fleet of Diablines was the largest in the UK at the time, although it has now been replaced with JD E-Gators. With a range of 35 miles and speed limited to 30mph they are ideal for use in parks. They have zero emissions, and being small and light, cause less damage to pathways and grass areas than traditional vehicles. They are cheap to run and popular with staff and parks users alike.
Our staff and training development has resulted in all staff on the contract attaining a NVQ2 in Amenity Horticulture with a further 15 staff achieving the NVQ3 also in amenity horticulture. Southwark’s apprenticeship programme has gone from strength to strength, with apprentice Natalie Meredith having been named as Green-tech’s Landscape Apprentice of the Year for 2013 and her fellow apprentice, Paul Sellars, won a London Garden Society award for showing a pride in London through horticulture This ongoing development has meant that we have exceeded client KPI performance scores and continue to strive for improved quality performance across the Borough.