Update From Cassiobury Park

Five months after setting up site on the £5.5m restoration of Watford’s Cassiobury Park works continue to progress well.

The steel frame of the new eco-friendly ‘Hub-building’ is up and the internal walls are beginning to take shape. Set into the landscape of the park ‘The Hub’ will feature a café, community and exhibition rooms, educational facilities, toilets and changing rooms.

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‘The Hub’ building in progress

Nearby two large underground water tanks, capable of storing 140,000 litres of water have been installed and the existing pool huts have been demolished. This is in preparation for the dramatic revamping of the existing water play areas which will include the creation of 3 external pools and several water features.

Seven hundred meters away on the other side of the park the newly refurbished Cha Café has been transformed and will soon be ready for reopening. Externally a new playground has been created and the surrounding areas have received significant paving/landscaping works.

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The newly refurbished Cha Café

The scheme will also see the reinstatement of an historic bandstand, which was previously located outside the Town Hall, back to the park. After several weeks of careful restoration by specialist contractors ‘Lost Art’ the stand has been transported to the park and is currently undergoing assembly. The columns, spandrels and basic roof structure are in place allowing finishes to the zinc roof and decorations to take place.

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The water play area storage tanks and a shot of the bandstand during reassembly

The coming weeks will see excavation works for the new external pools, mechanical and electrical fixings begin in ‘The Hub’ and the completion of the bandstand construction and surrounding landscaping.

Borras are working alongside architects Knox Bhavan and surveyors F.T Allen to deliver the scheme on behalf of Watford Borough Council. Completion of the entire project is scheduled for early 2017, click here to find out about the community project we became involved with whilst on site.

Watch time lapse footage of ‘The Hub’ below.

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