£6.1m Lottery funding secured for Edinburgh and Helensburgh parks
January 15 2016Saughton Park, Edinburgh and Hermitage Park, Helensburgh, to allow reinstatement of trees and plants, repair of footpaths, new facilities and restored features.
At Saughton Park the cash will be used to explore the possibility of installing a ground source heating system below playing fields to heat nearby public buildings as well as reinstatement of a bandstand, restoration of the Walled Garden and a new events space and café.
Hermitage Park meanwhile will benefit from a new pavilion, restoration of an A-listed war memorial, Japanese garden and wishing well in addition to a new sports facility and children’s play area.
Policy Lead for Infrastructure at Argyll & Bute Council, Helensburgh-based Councillor Ellen Morton, commented: ‘’Following on from the completion of the town centre regeneration project last year, which has given the town a real boost, this is yet more good news.
‘’While this is, of course, happy news and is to be warmly welcomed, it is tinged with sadness following the untimely death of our project architect, local man Gareth Hoskins. Aged just 48, Gareth was one of the country’s most respected architects and has been involved in Argyll and Bute Council projects for a number of years. Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time and we can only hope that the redeveloped park will stand as a testament to him.’’
Sutherland Hussey Harris are architects of the Saughton Park pavilion (pictured) working in collaboration with Ironside Farrar, Richard Shorter Architect and David Narro Associates. Gillespies will deliver the wider regeneration of Hermitage Park.
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