Park news

Half Term at The BMX Track London

We had a fantastic half term programme last week at the BMX Track London with over 75 people attending our holiday programme. We also offered some new activities into our holiday programme for our very youngest riders with two new classes taking place for toddlers and for 4-7 year olds.

One parent commented “Just wanted to say that William absolutely loved it. Jason was great and at a fiver it was amazing value so thank you!”

New and improved: St Mary’s Churchyard

St Mary's Churchyard - Jet plaza
Jet plaza

We are excited to announce the completion of the second phase of works at St Mary’s Churchyard Park. The re-designed park is located between three major new developments in Elephant and Castle - the Castle Leisure Centre, Highpoint Tower and One The Elephant, and has been significantly upgraded to introduce a stunning ornamental pond and paved water jet plaza. With a new playground installed in the park early last year, works to the Eastern section of the park  began in Autumn 2016. The new pond is surrounded by wildlife planting and includes a central water fountain.  The plaza provides new seating set around a  raised, water jet feature with multi- coloured, interactive spot lights. The area will remain closed to the public for the next few weeks to allow for the new planting to establish and a formal opening event is planned for this Spring.

Southwark Athletics Centre

Sports and Leisure Management have been awarded the contract to refurbish Southwark Athletics Centre in Southwark Park. The refurbished building will provide changing facilities, catering facilities and sanitary accommodation to users and spectators of the track as well as a medium sized gym focused towards athletics and a club room for events.

Pullens Gardens get’s the green light

Planning approval has been gained for a proposal to improve Pullens Gardens near Elephant and Castle. The new design includes a new play area, park furniture, lighting and a dog area.

BMX Track London

In October over 1,000 participants had fun racing at the BMX Track London, and that’s excluding visits by our resident Peckham BMX Club. For Rock Up And Ride sessions there is no need to book, but make sure you get in touch to find out how you can get accredited first.

Wheels set in motion for Burgess Park West

The planning application for a project to improve the southwestern section of Burgess Park was approved at planning committee. This great news means that the project is moving forward with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2017.

Second in London and third in England for Green Flags

This year, 25 green spaces in Southwark were given the prestigious Green Flag Award for proven excellence in the management of parks and green spaces. Southwark is second for the most Green Flag Awards in London and third in England.

New award winners Pasley Park in Newington and Victory Park in East Walworth joined 23 green spaces in Southwark which had their Green Flag status renewed. The award recognises the best parks across the country, taking into account environmental factors, management and future planning policies along with community involvement. For more information visit our Green Flag Award page.

Parks ground maintenance contract

We are pleased to confirm that the council’s borough-wide Parks Grounds Maintenance Contract has been awarded to Quadron idverde following a competitive tendering exercise. The contract includes the maintenance of 97 sites, including 25 Green Flag accredited parks and greens spaces.

Quadron has 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  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 begins on the 3 October 2016 and includes the option to extend by a further seven years. The contract includes the introduction of a new post of Corporate 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 2/3 horticulture qualification. Southwark will be providing capital investment for the provision new vehicles and major plant items for the start of the new contract. The new equipment will include a number of environmentally friendly electric utility vehicles, which will be deployed in each of the borough’s major parks and cemeteries. Quadron idverde will also be providing capital investment for the provision of new machinery and equipment for the start of the contract  including electric blowers and hedge trimmers which will  be trialled  in Southwark’s cemeteries and other park areas.

Clive Ivil, Quadron idverde’s Managing Director, added: “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.”

BALI Award for Camberwell Green

We’re excited to announce that Camberwell Green has won a prestigious BALI Award in the category of Regeneration schemes over £500,000. Influenced by three public consultations, the revitalisation project was managed by the Parks & Leisure Team, designed by John McAslan and Partners and built by Blakedown Landscapes.

National Award for Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park

Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park has received a National Award in the category of “Grounds Maintenance free public access” and awarded to Quadron idverde demonstrating exemplary standards of professional excellence. Quadron idverde maintain this site as part of the wider Parks Grounds maintenance contract. 

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Last updated: 23 February 2017