Lotus joins big players with deal

A Hampshire grounds care and landscape firm is aiming to become one of the "major players" within the sector after winning a multimillion-pound local authority contract.

Lotus Landscapes has this month started work on a contract covering Spelthorne Borough Council's 304ha of parks and open spaces. The multimillion-pound work taking place near Heathrow Airport in west London has been confirmed for five years, with a further five-year extension.

Lotus Landscapes director Richard Jones said the contract would help propel his business into the major players' league and achieve future growth.

"It is the largest single contract we have ever won," revealed Jones. "It has taken nine months to get to where we are now and we have spent that time gearing up for the contract. The biggest issue for me has been making sure all the kit was there on the start date."

The local authority's executive committee held at least four separate meetings to discuss the award of the contract, due to wrangling over cutting schedules as part of a bid to save up to £500,000 over the 10-year period.

Lotus Landscapes has invested £400,000 in new kit for the job, including a 90hp John Deere tractor, batwing grass cutter, five John Deere ride-on tractors, trailers, turf equipment and 15 vans.

"This contract will help us expand in the future," added Jones, who has appointed former Quadron Services contract manager Dennis Codd to lead on the job.

A total of 32 people will work on the contract at Spelthorne Borough Council, which will cover historic parkland at Laleham Park as well as several kilometres of riverside walks.

"Now we have got a contract as large as this it will help take our business forward and we hope to grow from now," explained Jones.

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