South Hill Park revamp nears the final curtainBy Laura Herbert
November 25, 2011
Work to transform South Hill Park is coming to a close just as the Bracknell arts centre gears up for its annual pantomime.
The rose garden and yew walk, new paths, restored stonework, and a new toddler garden are now open to the public as the transformation of the grounds at the arts centre, in Ringmead, Birch Hill, is completed.
The lead contractor, Gavin Jones Ltd, will be leaving site at the end of this month having completed the main restoration works. Further improvements, including a new sculpture, will be completed this winter.
The restoration work has been carried out, thanks to a £2.3 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund. Bracknell Forest Council bid for the funding, working jointly with Bracknell Town Council, and South Hill Park Trust.
Councillor Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, thanked the contractors, leisure officers, the partners in the venture, Bracknell Town Council and South Hill Park Trust, the North Lake Management Committee and the HLF monitoring officer for their contribution to the restoration.
“It’s been a remarkable project and now the work at South Hill Park is complete and the grounds are looking beautiful,” he said. “I encourage residents to visit and see the difference for themselves.”
Ron McAllister, chief executive officer at the centre, added: “It’s been fantastic to see the transformation of the grounds and with Cinderella in the Wilde Theatre, it will be truly magical at South Hill Park this Christmas.”