White Lion Square Regeneration
CLIENT: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
ARCHITECT: Press & Starkey
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Pellings
CONTRACT PERIOD: 27
At Borras Construction, engaging with local communities is at the heart of what we do. This project in particular is a great showpiece that evidences community engagement, and delivery of a great project that will leave a lasting legacy for local residents. The refurbishment of White Lion Square, Hatfield was carried out in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and involved extensive planning and delivery to ensure we completed the project on time. The square now provides high quality public amenities benefiting local businesses and residents.
Our Special Works team set up site in January 2019. The project involved the complete refurbishment to the town square, where the work included:
- New grey shades of stone paving
- New benches and seating
- Upgraded stone paved planters
- Children’s play area and equipment
- Installation of table tennis tables
- Ground fixings for event props
- Reintroduction of the historic Pearl statue
- CCTV installation
- Engraved surrounding stone to mark the square.
The project was delivered with a turnaround time of 27 weeks. A historic attraction known to the community as the ‘Pearl’ statue, was refurbished and reintroduced to the square after more than 30 years. Original sculptor, James Butler MBE RA was present at the grand opening among many council officials and others involved in the project.
As part of the opening and commemorating the newly refurbished town square, two time capsules containing drawings and messages from children from a local school were buried in one of the planters. The children were invited to carry out the placement of the capsules at the opening, to be unearthed in a decade.
Borras are always happy to go the extra mile, we decided to host a ‘Meet the Builder‘ stall on one of the town market days, where we answered any questions the locals had about the works in place. We actively research good causes and local charities situated close to where we’re carrying out works. Whilst working at White Lion Square, we approached local charity, ‘Resolve‘, who aim to stop the cycle of drug and alcohol misuse, providing adult services addressing the needs of the community. We arranged the donation of laundry detergent and fabric conditioner to support the running of the organisation.
Working on the town square meant we had to keep in mind the general safety of the public and local residents. We kept the community, including the surrounding and operating retailers well informed of the schedule of works with our issued newsletter. Whilst facing the challenge of working within a busy and live environment, we managed to deliver a great project. We worked with partners, Press & Starkey and Pellings to complete this scheme of works.
You can read more about the works here: Hertfordshire LEP Article
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