Royal Parks tenders for £1.5m of landscape reinstatement work to Hyde Park

Hyde Park, which welcomed more than one million visitors to Olympic competitions and diamond jubilee celebrations this year - but had to fight torrential downpours too - is tendering for landscape work.

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The new programme of landscape reinstatement work will cost around £1.5m and is due to start in the New Year. The Royal Parks recently completed a detailed assessment to look at work needed to restore the Parade Ground.

The open space on the eastern side of Hyde Park stretching down from Speakers Corner towards the Serpentine lake was used for the concert series and BT London Live over the summer and took a pounding from monster footfalls and torrential rain.

"This work needs to be undertaken following unprecedented wet weather conditions in July when wood chip was laid onto the Parade Ground to ensure that the events were safe for visitors," said the Royal Parks. 

"We are inviting proposals from providers with a proven track record of delivering high-quality soil restoration and grass sward in conjunction with associated de-compaction, fine grading and path repair works.

Head of Park Services Dennis Clarke said: "Our key priority is to fully restore Hyde Park to its previous condition through this tender. This work will be paid for by the concert promoters and led by Hyde Park’s management team.

"High standards are imperative, plus a proven record of delivering high quality soil restoration and grass sward management – experience in working in high profile locations would be an advantage."

The reinstatement work includes full excavation of the wood chip layer, infilling hollows and surface crowning, over-seeding and repairs to sections of footpath. Deadline is 7 November, contact procurement@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk

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