A contractor has been appointed to carry out the long-awaited revamp of Derry’s historic Brooke Park- with work set to get under way within days.
Derry City Council has appointed Woodvale Construction to deliver the £5.6m regeneration project.
The park will be temporarily closed for a three-week period from the start of February as the contractor moves on site.
The regeneration project will see a total transformation of Brooke Park’s lands, sports and leisure facilities.
New facilities will include a state-of-the-art Play Garden and Gwyn’s Pavilion, a new synthetic pitch, Horticulture Training Centre and Contact Sports Centre, new outdoor furniture as well as the restoration of other historic park features such as the ornate Oval Pond.
The contract for works is estimated to take 15 months which will see the regenerated park completed by the summer of 2016.
Mayor Brenda Stevenson, welcoming the appointment of Woodvale Construction, said she was pleased that the project was moving to the next stage of development.
“The Brooke Park regeneration project is a significant part of the Council’s Park Development Programme that will see the creation of some exciting new features in the Park whilst restoring the historic fabric of this historic landscape.
“This hugely significant investment by Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Social Development (DSD) will leave a lasting legacy for the people of the city to avail of improved green space and complimentary parkland facilities,” she said
Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund NI offered their support.
“We are delighted to see the Brooke Park restoration project taking this significant step forward. The heritage importance and multiple users of the park make this a fascinating but complex heritage project and we wish the team all the best as they embark on this next stage of the project. Once completed and reopened Brooke Park will be an amazing resource for Derry City. It is thanks to National Lottery players that HLF can help make these heritage projects happen across NI.”
Social Development Minister, Minister Storey MLA said: “I am pleased to see that construction works are due to commence on one of the oldest parks in Londonderry. Brooke Park has a rich history but has recently become dilapidated and underused.
“My Department is providing £700,000 towards the regeneration of this open space within the city centre, which will unlock its potential as a shared space that both communities can enjoy.”
The public are advised that in order to facilitate the contract, Brooke Park will be closed to public access from the week commencing 2nd February for a period of three weeks, for health and safety reasons.
This will allow the contractor to set up site arrangements prior to the construction work commencing. A safe access route will be maintained through the park for users.
Display board information will be displayed on all main gates of the park for residents information.