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.
‘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.
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.
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.
Both the Contract and Site Managers were extremely approachable and professional and always kept us fully informed of both the progress of the build and any possible impact/access issues that may have occurred. Any queries or questions that we had were fully resolved and answered at the earliest opportunity and an excellent working relationship was quickly established between Borras and the Red Cross.
Lynda Dawson – Area Admin Officer
The British Red Cross, Chelmsford
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