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Capita Symonds to manage Belfast park revamp


Capita Symonds, the UK-based property and infrastructure consultancy, has been appointed to project manage a £2m rede- velopment of Dunville Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland. T e Grade B+ park covers 4.4 acres (1.8


hectares) and will benefi t from the con- struction of a new fl oodlit 3G sports pitch; a sports pavilion; events spaces; and play- grounds. Dunville Park is located on the corner of the Falls and Grosvenor Roads in Belfast. It was giſt ed to the people of Belfast by the Dunville family and will also benefi t from conservation work.


Five historic parks to share £7.9m


Five historic parks across the UK have been awarded a share of £7.9m towards major restoration projects from the National Lottery as part of the Parks for People fund- ing programme. T e Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have con- fi rmed joint grants for three English parks, while the HLF has also awarded funding to two Scottish parks. Northumberland Park,


North Shields (£2.2m); the Isabel la Plantation at Richmond Park in London; and Eastwood Park in Derby (£1.1m) are the recipients of the joint funding. Meanwhile, Rouken Glen Park in East


Isabella Plantation, one of the parks to receive funding from the HLF


initial support towards development projects – fi ve across England from HLF and BIG and one in Scotland park from HLF. Each of the projects are designed to safe-


Renfrewshire (£2.1m) and Dock Park in Dumfries (£991,300) are the recipients of HLF grants towards their respective redevelopment projects. A further six parks have received


An artist’s impression of the planned new park


LLDC submits plans for Olympic Park eco-hub


Plans for a new community hub in north London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been submitted by the London Legacy Development Corporation. T e facility will be located in the North


Park – one of the fi rst areas to reopen aſt er the 2012 Games – and will provide a local ecology-themed community building and play space. Erect Architecture are behind the designs for the new community hub, which is to feature some of the most “imag- inative” play facilities in the UK, as well as a café and a fl exible space.


Woodland Trust names 60 UK Diamond Woods


T e Woodland Trust (WT) has confi rmed the sites of 60 new woodlands, which are being created across the UK in order to mark T e Queen’s Diamond Jubilee cele- brations. Each of the Diamond Woods will be at least 60 acres (24.3 hectares) in size and are located in every area of the UK in a bid to provide a green legacy from T e Queen’s reign and to create opportunities for everyone to plant trees. Meanwhile, The Princess Royal has


offi cially opened the fl agship Diamond Jubilee Wood in Leicestershire.


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guard the long-term future of the parks through the upgrade of facilities, the resto- ration of historic features and a range of new education programmes.


London’s fi rst urban beach opens in Fulham


London’s fir st urban beach has been opened by Hammersmith and Fulham Council (HFC) as part of a wider £8m programme of improvements being carried out at Bishops Park. The new beach has been


inspired by families from across the capital who would travel to the park’s “Margate Sands” in Fulham each sum- mer during Edwardian times. First unveiled in 1903, Bishops Park’s beach fell into a state of disrepair during the Second World War before being per- manently closed in 1949 on safety grounds. In addition to the restoration and reopening


of the urban beach, the ornamental lake and the café at Bishops Park have been revitalised. T ree new play areas have also been added.


T e urban park concept was popular during Edwardian times Meanwhile, a stretch of what is thought to


be the longest medieval moat in England has been excavated at Fulham Palace – the Bishop of London’s former home – as part of the pro- gramme of improvements.


New-look visitor centre unveiled at Welsh forest park


Neath Port Talbot Council (NPTC) has offi - cially opened a new-look visitor centre and a family mountain bike trail at the Afan Forest Park in South Wales. It is hoped the Rookie – a green-graded (beginner) trail – will attract more mountain


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biking tourists to the area, which will provide a “substantial boost” to the local economy. Improvements to the visitor centre include


a revamped café and a renovated foyer, which is designed to provide a better access to the South Wales’ Miners Museum.


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