Photos of the park restoration

Alexandra Road Park – groundbreaking ceremony, September 2014.

The works officially start!!

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The whole team – with Janet Jack, the original park landscape designer, in the white coat at the front

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The residents!

 

December 2014 – Site visit by the project management team to see the works on site. Almost all of the clearance and demolition has been completed, and they contractors are now starting to build the new elements and prepare for the new planting.

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The babies playground, with a view of the TRA hall through the silver birches behind.

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The new structures starting to emerge in the babies playground

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The bowl – the yew hedge surrounding it has been pruned back to encourage healthy regrowth and return it to its intended height

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The meadow and woodland walk – you can see the new path starting to be created linking the woodland walk to the meadow

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the meadow – the works site!

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The original ‘playground 1’ – tarmac now all removed, and new terracing and soft landscaping starting to emerge

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nobody realised there was a light under there!!

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some archaeology..!

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areas of beautifully cleaned concrete walls

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view towards Rowley Way – the red bricks have been temporarily taken up so the ground can be repaired and made level again

 

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The project management group!

 

January 2015 – The Mound has been transformed by extensive coppicing of the shrubs around it, brand new post and rail fences and the new turf is being laid. It is almost unrecognisable – and looks amazing!! The coppicing of sections of the woodland walk has also opened up wonderful new views of the park for residents.

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View of the mound being turfed, showing the new fences and coppiced areas

 

9th February 2015 – Site visit by the project board. There has been quite dramatic progress since our last visit in December, and some areas at the eastern (TRA) end of the park are starting to look almost finished now!

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The Bowl!

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View of the meadow where all the new trees, playground equipment and new soil is stored before being installed

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The new level connection between the Woodland Walk and the Meadow is completed – allowing wheelchairs and buggys easy access

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The original stairs which had subsided massively have been remade

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The mound – walls, fences and grass looking wonderfully pristine!

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View down the woodland walk from the TRA, with a glimpse into the newly turfed Mound

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The toddler playground nearing completion with beautifully hand-made bespoke play equipment echoing the original designs

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The cluster of new play structures

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The new extra-wide toddler slide!

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View along Langtry Walk towards the TRA

 

1st June 2015 – Site visit with the Heritage Lottery Fund

The park is now almost ready to reopen – there are just a few areas still to finish during June, in particular installing the new climbing frame in Playground 2 and completing the planting. It was a lovely sunny day for this visit and the park was looking amazing!

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The original curvy fence around the cherry trees being reconstructed

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Playground 2 – ready for badminton, tennis, netball or whatever else you fancy!!

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Note the timber balustrades around the walls being replaced – so nice to see them complete again without missing and rotten sections!

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The brand new accessible cut-through from the woodland walk to the meadow – it feels like it has always been there!

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Woodland walk – lush new lawn and original bench reconstructed

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The mound – such a dramatic change

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Beautiful concrete walls, cleaned and repaired and looking great in the sunshine

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The babies’ playground is going to be such fun!

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Babies’ playground showing some of the lovely design features – cast concrete stepping stones along the low wall!

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The swing park – that is real grass believe it or not!

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New planting doing well along Langtry Walk

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The meadow

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New planting doing well around the mound

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The cleaned and restored concrete bench and table by the meadow

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The glorious bowl and stage!