Grosvenor & Hilbert Park
Location: Tunbridge Wells
Client: Tunbridge Wells Council
Cost: £1.1 million
Duration: 11 months
Landscape Architect: Allen Scott
The Grosvenor Recreation Ground was Tunbridge Wells’ first public park, being opened in 1889.
Blakedown was asked to help restore parts of the park to their original historic condition as well as introduce new exciting features. The large project was constructed around a busy well-used park, as well as initially having the building contractor refurbishing The Hub building at the same time.
The works included:
○ New granite paving and walls around the newly refurbished café and Hub
○ New resin bound paving to The Hub and Rochdale entrance
○ Slot drainage and connections to several locations
○ Railings to Hub and Bowling green
○ Tree and shrub planting throughout the park
○ New compound with bespoke containers and fencing
○ New entrance created by refurbishing entrance piers and installing new gates in two locations
○ New street furniture
○ Clay bund created to make a wetlands, including timber boardwalk and viewing platforms. New concrete weirs and planting
○ Restored/ rebuilt brick walls
○ Restored Grottos and extended walls
○ New concrete re-enforced path
○ New natural stone steps
○ New park signage
○ Granite sett entrances
○ Tar and chip surfacing to existing paths
The park opening was very well received with a large community fun day, the friends group who have been very active during the whole process are thrilled with the new park.
The challenging scheme required careful planning to ensure the safety of the park users whilst being able to rebuild the park and some of the very busy access routes. The scheme was also delivered during a very wet winter which also made the environment very challenging especially given the many natural springs on site.