Bespoke hardwood street furniture including pergolas, three seats and bins combined with stone flagging and golden coloured resin bound surfacing combine to provide a high quality space for peace and quiet reflection. Poetry panels have been incorporated, stimulating thoughts and offering comfort to visitors. The verses were composed by County Durham poet Christopher Short. To read each of the verses and for further information about the project click here
The garden will be officially opened and blessed in October.
The opening was attended by the Heritage Lottery Fund, past and present members of Newcastle City Council involved in the project, the Exhibition and Brandling Parks Community Trust and it was great to catch up with members with whom Southern Green worked very closely in the initial stages of the project some 7 years ago.
After the ceremony, visitors sampled the delights of the refurbished Café in the Park, whilst the Race for Life ‘Pretty Muddy’ runners completed their fund raising runs and enjoyed the park’s facilities. Although not on the scale of past exhibitions in the park 1897 and 1929, the latter attracting over 4.0m people, the park was buzzing!
For further information on this exciting Heritage Lottery Funded refurbishment click here
For information about our involvement click here
Southern Green is delighted to have assisted the Eleven Arches project through the planning process. The company has now been appointed to produce detailed proposals for the site.
The ambitious development proposal is for a night show spectacular which will use a cast of hundreds of local volunteers to tell a story rooted in local and English history. The inspiration for Eleven Arches comes from the Puy du Fou park in western France, which over the course of 37 years has grown from a volunteer-led night show to become an international attraction.
The Eleven Arches site will host around 30 performances in summer time, each for between 6000 and 8000 people. The physical proposals include a grandstand, stage, scenery, lighting, a ticket office, small hospitality outlets and large on-site parking areas. The show includes the use of water and special effects, and anticipates to involve 600 volunteers from the community and to develop skills training for young people, ultimately boosting tourism and the local economy.
Southern Green is delighted to have helped its local council, Gateshead, and the Friends of Chase Park secure a grant of just under £1million (£922,900) from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund, to restore Chase Park in Whickham. This means that to date Southern Green has helped local communities secure over £27.0m worth of HLF funding. On hearing the news of the successful bid, Alan Scott, Chair of the Friends of Chase Park commented - Many thanks Simon (Green), this is fantastic news. Can I as chair pass on my sincere thanks to you and all of your team, for all of your hard work, dedication to the cause and more importantly the information, advice and guidance you all have given on both parts of the bid. I personally look forward to working with you in the future.
The Chase Park project is likely to set the tone for future park projects in that it is founded on localism, the project being instigated by the Friends Group. Localism combined with the public service commitments of Gateshead Council form the basis of a formal partnership agreement between The Friends of Chase Park and Gateshead Council which sets out the future management and delivery of sustainable activities for the park.
Works are proposed to start in January 2016 and complete in the summer of 2016.
To read the full HLF article click here
Southern Green is thrilled to have been appointed by Hull City Council to lead the HLF funded restoration of Pearson Park. This was Hull’s first public park, and was left in Trust in 1860 to the citizens of Hull by ship-owner Zachariah Charles Pearson. Shortly after this, Pearson became bankrupt due to a loss of ships that were attempting trade with the Confederate States during the United States Civil War.
The park is registered by Heritage England and was designed in a traditional early Victorian design, similar to Birkenhead Park and Central Park, New York, with open grassed areas punctuated by trees and shrubs and serpentine paths running around the periphery. Original features included a pond, an aviary, a bandstand, a conservatory and statues, many of which still remain. The park is encircled by a carriage drive and some grand villas, one of which was home to the poet Philip Larkin.
Southern Green were recently commissioned to deliver the refurbishment of 6 dilapidated play areas on behalf of Watford Borough Council. We were delighted with the finished sites and the diverse play opportunities they provide. We worked alongside our client to deliver schemes that evolved and reinforced the natural characteristics of each site. This approach provided stimulating opportunities for natural play in attractive landscape settings. Sites were enhanced with tree and colourful wildflower planting areas as well as the inclusion of mounding, boulders and logs.
Southern Green Ltd is currently providing landscape architectural expertise for the HLF restoration of Avery Hill Winter Gardens, part of the University of Greenwich Mansion House site in Eltham.
Many thanks to Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners for our invite to their third Tour De Kielder charity bike ride. The event took place on a serene late September afternoon. The 27 mile lakeside race took place at Kielder Water, Northumberland. All proceeds went toward the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
We are pleased to announce that Southern Green Ltd was commended for the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Streetscape Competition.
‘Freedom of the City’ proposed a simple and sustainable approach to street furniture whose low cost, ease of procurement and simplicity to build and repair will allow large numbers to be purchased, and wide-scale use of the furniture throughout the city.
Simple, timelessly elegant and plentiful seating incorporating arms, backrests and that is warm and dry to the touch will be welcomed by all pedestrians, plus perch seats could be fitted to existing guardrails and lighting columns. Congratulations to all those who took part - to see the other entries click here
The Heritage Lottery Fund restoration of Bentley Park in Doncaster is now complete - and what a transformation! After eight months on site the park has been completely overhauled, with the lost bandstand and lily pond reinstated, historic entrance gates refurbished and new street furniture and lighting throughout. There is now a new play area at the heart of the park along with a community growing area, orchard and wildflower meadow. The restoration of the 1920s pavilion is also complete and this much-loved community building has opened its doors once again. The park was officially opened in September 2014 at the annual Bentley Bonanza.
The bandstand is already hitting the headlines - the Goole bandstand has just had a special mention in an article by bandstand expert Paul Rabbits. Read more here.
Southern Green helps secure Heritage Lottery funding for the restoration of another two public parks in the north east
Wharton Park in Durham will benefit from a grant of £2,454,400 whilst Chase Park in Whickham receives £987,800.
The parks are amongst only 11 sites nationwide to achieve joint grants from BIG/Heritage Lottery Fund, and the team is extremely pleased to have been able to attract such a substantial amount of funding to the region in what is currently a very competitive climate.
News of this grant funding follows swiftly on from a terrific 2013 - in November Southern Green won the national Landscape Institute Heritage and Conservation Award for the restoration of Stewart Park in Middlesbrough, a multi-million pound HLF restoration project that completed in 2012.
Together with these recent awards, Southern Green has now helped secure £25.5m for heritage restoration projects across the country. In the latest round of grant awards a total £26.5m was awarded to schemes nationally. For further information please visit the HLF website.