Many modern organisations work hard to bring the outdoors in for their staff, with light and airy interiors, stunning views, and greenery. But as well as all that, at Quorum Park, we pride ourselves in doing all we can to allow members of our community to enjoy the actual outdoors during their working day.
When you tot up the hours spent in employment over the course of a career, a typical person in the UK will spend more than 13 years of their lives in a workspace of some sort. For some, that can mean long stints in windowless offices with no fresh air, but Quorum Park is different.
The park is not just home to businesses. Those working on site share their habitat with a variety of wildlife, including squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes, badgers, water voles, ducks, roe deer and rabbits, as well as a variety of birds and bugs, including some that produce our own honey! We have an active wildlife group, whose work has helped us not only achieve Green status at the Investors in the Environment Awards but also attracted bats, a great sign that signals strong biodiversity.
The group, which is made up of volunteers from organisations across the community, spends time recycling materials to build cosy homes for insects, ensuring streams are clean, and filling various feeders. There’s always something to be done, whether on a lunch break or on an active volunteering day, and new members are more than welcome.
Even if you don’t fancy joining, you can enjoy the fruits of their labour on the many walking, cycling and running routes through the park. Or turn your walk into a full-body workout on one of our Nordic walking sessions, which use long poles to engage all of the muscles in the upper body so you do more than just stretch your legs.
Enhance your wander and find out more about the local area using the Kinto app, which offers unlimited free interactive virtual travel experiences curated by local communities, or stay put at our outdoor fitness station.
For those that prefer less solitary activity, before Covid restrictions we offered group bike rides, annual cycling challenges, and triathlon and running clubs. Plus, our outdoor courts and pitches are available to book seven days a week, from 7am until 9pm. Choose from football, tennis, netball or basketball, and there’s even a portable ping pong table, so you can move your game back under cover if the heavens decide to open.
If you’re after more than just a kick about, you might consider taking part in our weekly football league or annual netball tournament, and we also provide tennis coaching in the summer months if you fancy upping your game.
Our active and environmentally friendly travel options include electric bikes and a free ‘Ride Before You Buy’ scheme, through which you can borrow a standard pool bike for up to a month to test whether a two-wheeled commute will work for you, without having to invest in a cycle of your own.
If all this sounds too active for you, we have plenty of chilled options too. Between March and October each year, giant chess and draughts boards can be found across the park, and you can borrow giant Connect 4 and Jenga sets from the hub free of charge.
Indulge in a bit of people-watching from the sunny terrace outside Eat@ Café, grab something quick and tasty from one of our many visits from local street food vendors each month, and there’s plenty of space for you to bring your own picnic. You can even celebrate something special with colleagues at our private hire barbecue area.