Friday, September 24, 2010

News: Rotherham builders to complete work at Clifton Park


Rotherham construction firm, George Hurst and Sons Ltd has been appointed to complete the Garden Building and associated Walled Garden and Courtyard at Clifton Park in Rotherham.

Work on site came to a halt towards the end of last year when the previous contractors, UCS Civils, went into administration.

The completion of the Garden Building follows the successful opening of the new water play area, refurbished bandstand, memorial garden and rock garden, and numerous other enhancements to Rotherham's premier park.

The Garden Building will contain a new bowls pavilion, space for rangers and gardeners, toilets, and a multi-purpose room for events and activities, school groups and public hire. The walled garden will be an 'oasis of calm' where volunteers and apprentices can work to recreate the colours and smells of a traditional kitchen and flower garden.

The building is designed to be environmentally-friendly, with a green roof, solar panels and a biomass boiler. It combines a contemporary design with traditional materials, including bricks and natural stone, that fit in well with the historic Museum a short distance away.

The development is part of the park restoration project that has been made possible thanks to a £4.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

Phil Gill, green spaces manager at Rotherham Council, said: "Everyone involved in the project is really looking forward to the opening of this excellent new facility.

"The park already has a lot to offer, but the Garden Building and Walled Garden will open up important new opportunities to involve local people and to run new activities."

The work is expected to be completed by end of November.

Clifton Park website
George Hurst & Sons Limited website


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