ICE East Mids Award 2019
Highfields Park Restoration: Highly commended in the Team Achievement Category
Highfields Park is Grade II listed and included in English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Opening in 1923 it was also one of the first large scale public parks of the 20th Century. Nottingham City Council developed the Restoration Project with the aim of restoring key features within the park, seeing the collaboration of many parties including contractors, designers and stakeholders/funding partners including the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The scope of works included the desilting of some 4000m3 of silt, improvements to the waterside boating area, restoration of stone ticket office and pavillion buildings, refurbishment of the external boat house, new footpaths with feature granite, restoration of railings and pedestrian gates, restoration of stone bridges and restoration of disused gas lamps creating a feature walkway.
WM Longreach and their team were praised by the ICE East Midlands judges for: their early engagement with the client, helping to secure funding, permissions and consents against the odds; ensuring continuity and completion of the finished scheme on time and budget; as well as overcoming complex challenges in a environmentally sensitive and constrained site. The finished scheme now allows boating to circumnavigate around the full western area of the lake and is a realisation of the Councils original vision.