Borras awarded Cassiobury Park restoration project

Borras are delighted to have recently been appointed main contractor by Watford Borough Council on the £5.5m restoration of Cassiobury Park in Watford.

Cassiobury Park is the largest public open space in Watford spanning over 190 acres and attracting around 2 million visits per year, the parks historic importance was recognised in 1999 when it entered at Grade II in the English Heritage’s register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.

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The project, which was made possible following a £4.5m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery, will include:

  • The construction of a new eco-friendly ‘Hub Building’ with café, community and exhibition rooms, educational facilities, toilets and changing facilities
  • Revamped external pools and water play areas including dramatic landscaping works
  • Returning of the historic band stand, currently located outside the Town Hall, back to the park
  • Restoration of the 18th century Lime Avenue
  • Improvements to the Cha Café tea pavilion

Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, Deputy Major Derek Scudder and representatives from Watford Borough Council visited the site last week to meet the Borras project team and learn more about how the transformation will take shape, Mayor Dorothy Thornhill commented: “Cassiobury is Watford’s best loved public park and our principal green space. I know how important it is to our residents which is why we are taking this opportunity to restore some of its unique historical character for future generations to enjoy.”

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Councillor Derek Scudder, Matthew Crane (Veolia), Paul Rabbits (WBC), Hayley Page (WBC), Matt Hill (WBC), Debbie Brady (WBC), Robert Broadfield (Borras), Chris Yates (Borras) and Mayor Dorothy Thornhill on site next to the soon to be revamped external water play area

Borras Chairman Rae Borras was equally enthusiastic about the scheme and had this to say following our appointment: “As a local business many of us have enjoyed making use of Cassiobury – an oasis of calm in this busy area in which we live and work. We are grateful to Watford Borough Council for entrusting us with this project and look forward to returning a much improved Cassiobury back for the people of the Watford area to enjoy for many years to come”

Borras will be working alongside architects Knox Bhavan and surveyors F.T. Allen to deliver the project.

Works, which are being handled by Site Manager Chris Yates, will begin in February with completion scheduled for early 2017.

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