Client: Northumberland County Council
Value: £2 million
Architect: Southern Green Associates
Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd were appointed as Principal Contractors to the Heritage Lottery Funded regeneration of Hirst Park in Ashington Northumberland.
Brambledown were awarded this HLF scheme as part of a Price/quality bid. Quality being assessed on Past experience, which included carrying out many large Park revites in the past 48 years. The works included the reconstruction of a horticultural training building, a new splashpad Water park, a new play area, a memorial garden, new footpaths, entrance roads, carparks, block paving, stone walls, and associated landscaping works.
One of the most interesting parts of the scheme was a large stone block paved area which were individually engraved with the names of miners who had sadly lost thier lives in Ashington during the Towns long mining years. The block paving had to be intricately laser engraved, supplied from nearby quarries, and laid as part of a jigsaw puzzle in the ground to ensure miners names lined up correctly. The area also included stone benches so that people could take a minute to appreciate the space.
Over half of the project involved hard landscaping and construction works (the construction of the horticultural training building), which Brambledown undertook as part of a £2 million revitalisation of an historic park, funded by the National Lottery and overseen by architects Southern Green and Client Northumberland County Council.
All works were completed by Brambledown in just over 12 months.