Kew hosts Olympic landscape day

ODA invites landscapers to April event

By Rachel Sixsmith Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is teaming up with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to host a landscape industry day for contractors. The ODA is inviting landscaping companies interested in getting involved in the multi-billion-pound project to attend the event at Kew in London on 25 April. ODA chief executive David Higgins said: “This industry day will give landscaping companies the opportunity to learn more and help them decide how to bid for work. “This is a significant and challenging part of the project. Designing, building, equipping and main- taining an Olympic Park fit for both the Games and legacy will require real innovation.” Speakers from the ODA and its delivery partner CLM will talk about their procurement plans for the available contracts, which include hard and soft landscaping, soil drainage, irrigation and associated infrastructure such as lighting, fencing and street furniture. Landscapers will also be invited to look at detailed plans of the Olympic Park, where there will be 90ha of green space. HW recently reported industry fears that the landscaping side of the project had “gone quiet” (HW, 15 March). HTA business development director Tim Briercliffe said: “This was going to happen in March but if they’re doing something, that’s good. A date in the diary is what we’ve been missing. But we’re still concerned the process has stalled.”

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