Brockwell Park Community Partners (BPCP) joined Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) officials in celebrating the £6M restoration of Brockwell Park on Saturday 25th May 2013.
The celebration event, led by the Leader of Lambeth Council, marked the end of Phase One of the long term project to restore Brockwell Park, its landscape, heritage and community features, and sports and play facilities. The restoration work was financed by a £3.6million HLF grant through their Parks for People programme, and matched funding by Lambeth Council.
Southwark Concert Band provided the soundtrack to the celebration event with an interactive kazoo concert for young and old.
Lambeth and BPCP will now turn their attention to the refurbishment of Brockwell Hall (‘Phase Two’), which will require a separate major capital grant. The Hall was not part of the original Lottery application – had it been included, the size of the bid would have taken it to national level, which HLF advised against.
Dr. Ann Kingsbury, Chair of Brockwell Park Community Partners (pictured below with microphone), which was Lambeth’s community partner in the development of the master plan said:
“We are delighted that Brockwell Park has been restored to its former glory for the benefit of Lambeth and Southwark residents. This follows a long and successful partnership between BPCP, Lambeth Council and its external advisers. Local people are really enjoying the improvements and we encourage their active involvement in the future management and development of Brockwell Park.”
Wesley Kerr, Chairman of the HLF London Committee, who attended the event, said:
“Four years after the HLF awarded a £3.6 million grant it’s a great pleasure to see the fruition of the carefully phased works to restore historic and community features in one of London’s biggest and most important public parks. The lakes, the play areas and the fabulous Walled garden are among the highlights of this well-executed project and consolidate HLF’s earlier investments in Brockwell Lido and in nearby parks such as Myatt’s Field, Clapham Common, Dulwich Park and hundreds of other green spaces across the country . This is all part of the biggest investment in parks since Victorian times. Thanks to Lottery players, we hope that hundreds of thousands of people will continue to enjoy this magnificent designed landscape, with its fine play and community growing facilities, for generations to come. We hope that Lambeth Council will maintain Brockwell to the high standards which it deserves.”