Cranfield University reappoints John O'Conner for grounds care contract

A university that is renowned for its expertise in soil science and turf technology has re-contracted John O'Conner (Grounds Maintenance) in a deal that began this month.

Cranfield University has awarded the Hertfordshire firm a grounds maintenance contract following the end of its agreement with Frosts Landscape Construction.

John O'Conner business development manager Darren Kilby told HW: "We had the contract with Cranfield University originally but then they went out to tender a few years ago and it was awarded to Frosts. But then we won it back. It was on price and quality, but we've also got a good reputation with them. Some of the feedback was on our commitment to training and development of staff."

Five permanent members of staff have transferred from Frosts to John O'Conner to carry out the work, which includes the university's campus grounds, sports fields and an airfield runway. The firm is also responsible for promoting biodiversity across the campus.

Managing director Matthew O'Conner said: "We are delighted to have again been selected by Cranfield University and we look forward to maintaining and improving the campus landscape."

John O'Conner is currently awaiting news of several other small and large contract tenders and Kilby added: "We are in as strong a position as we can be."


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