The Surrey-based firm has secured a six figure, multi-year grounds maintenance contract to manage the outdoor estates for social care provider, The Riverside Group.
As part of this long-term contract, Grounds Care Group (GCG) will manage a full range of grounds maintenance services at more than 150 sites across London and the South East. In addition, GCG will provide seasonal gritting and ad hoc site support with requirements such as bulk waste removal, soft landscaping, one off site tidy ups and the treatment of invasive species.
GCG is currently Riverside’s sole nationwide invasive weed supplier, carrying out audits and treatment plans of all invasive weeds, such as knotweed and bamboo. The new deal will strengthen the partnership and expand on the service offering.
According to GCG, Riverside was impressed with the company’s track record for reliability and quality of service, as well as its ability to provide detailed site reporting. This enables Riverside to have full visibility of the services provided by GCG, while ensuring that it remains fully compliant and free from risk across all sites, at all times.
As an initial exercise GCG audited more than 150 sites within a three-week period, scoring every site with a percentage value for each service, such as lawns, hedges, beds and borders. This enabled GCG to raise any issues regarding access, quality and performance within key areas of each site. This data was provided in a comprehensive report, enabling effective benchmarking for how each site could be improved over time, all of which is accessible via GCG’s customer portal. This gave Riverside valuable live site data, something it had not received in the past.
Commenting on the contract, GCG CEO, Adam Brindle, said: “Riverside understand that having one company managing their entire outdoor estate across London and the South East simplifies the whole process and saves time, effort and ultimately, costs.”
“Beyond this, they will benefit from our integrated and proactive approach to risk management and compliance, which is driven by our innovative leading-edge technology. This ensures greater transparency of both opportunities and risks across all of the sites that we manage. It also improves accountability and ultimately provides a better and safer experience for them, their customers and staff.”
Grounds Care Group now services over 1,000 sites across the South of England and a further 1,500 sites nationwide. Its rapidly growing client base includes some of the UK’s leading facilities management, construction, rail, retail and property companies as well as a broad range of public sector organisations.
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