Green space management company, idverde (previously known as The Landscape Group), has been re-awarded its grounds maintenance contract with Basildon Council following a competitive re-tendering process.
Services delivered under the contract include grass maintenance, hedge pruning, and maintenance of amenity planted areas and shrubs at a variety of sites throughout the Borough, ranging from country parks to sheltered housing schemes.
idverde has been delivering grounds maintenance services to Basildon Council since 2010, when the company was awarded the initial seven-year contract. The new contract will commence on 1 April 2017 and continue until 2024, with the option to extend by another seven years from that date.
idverde has introduced a number of innovations on the contract, including the new ‘Acorn’ contract management system, resulting in improved efficiency and a significant reduction in costs. The system also offers real time quality monitoring for added transparency between client and contractor.
Commenting on the re-award of the contract, idverde’s chief executive officer, Nick Temple-Heald, said: “After working with Basildon Council for over six years we have a strong managerial, supervisory and operational team in place and have developed an excellent value for money service for the council and its tax payers.
“We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with Basildon Council over the coming seven years, and delivering the high standards that the council and residents of Basildon have come to expect from idverde.”
Kevin Blake, deputy leader of Basildon Council, added: “We are delighted to announce this contract with idverde which will see us continue to work together over the next seven years, and achieving savings of £122,000 a year.
“The council is responsible for an area of grass equivalent to 770 football pitches and enough hedgerow to stretch nearly two and a half times around the M25, so this contract is a big undertaking.”