Category : Pearson Park

Hull’s Pearson Park receives £3m National Lottery award

Hull City Council is delighted to announce the bid to transform Pearson Park has been successful, with a £3m National Lottery grant, under the Parks for People scheme.

The successful bid will mean that the following refurbishment and reinstatement works will now take place:

  • Rebuild of the conservatory
  • Restoration of the historic archway entrance to the park
  • The restoration and repairs to the Grade II listed East Lodge, providing new office, meeting and storage space
  • Reconfiguration of grounds around the East Lodge to provide a community healthy living garden
  • Improvement works to the Bowling Pavilion
  • Improvement works to the ice cream kiosk
  • Reinstatement of Bandstand
  • Reinstatement of the bridge over the lake
  • Improvement works to the landscape

The grant award will also fund a five-year activity plan to provide new educational and training opportunities that will benefit local residents and look to increase community engagement with the park.

Councillor John Fareham, Chairman of the Pearson Park Trust and Project Steering Group said:

“I am absolutely delighted with this announcement and would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund for seeing the huge potential we have at Pearson Park.

“A lot of people have put many hours of hard work into this bid and it’s fantastic to see it pay off for them. The Pearson Park Trust, Pearson family descendants and council officers in particular have offered so much commitment and support throughout this bid – huge thanks must be given to them.

“Pearson Park will be Hull’s first People’s Park and this investment will totally transform the park, restoring many of the key features lost over the years.”

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism said:

“This is great news for the park and the city as yet more investment continues to pour in. Huge thanks must go to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and also the National Lottery players who help to fund projects like this.

“The council remains committed to the investing in cultural regeneration and the restoration of Pearson Park, alongside the countless other projects taking place across the city at the moment that will help to put Hull on the map a world-class destination, bringing investment, jobs and prosperity to the city.”

HLF’s Chief Executive Ros Kerslake, said, on behalf of HLF and Big Lottery Fund:

“It’s difficult to overstate the importance of our public parks. Vital to our well-being and essential to biodiversity, they are highly valued spaces enjoyed daily by people from all walks of life.

“Pearson Park is one of the latest parks to benefit from over £900million of National Lottery funding, which over the last twenty years has played a crucial role in revitalising more than 800 parks across the UK.”

The project had already received a development grant of £156,600 from the HLF and Big Lottery Fund, and work has started to take place in the park to restore the historic MacFarlane drinking fountain bowl.

Plans for the regeneration of the park were approved at the council’s Planning Committee in preparation for the final bid, meaning the procurement for the construction work on the restoration can begin quickly.

For more information about the Pearson Park, Parks for People project, visit www.cityplanhull.co.uk.

Plans for Pearson Park given the green light

Plans for the regeneration of Pearson Park have today been approved at the council’s Planning Committee.

The decision now means that if the bid to Heritage Lottery Fund is successful, funds would transform the park and bring back period features lost over recent years.

Today’s decision has agreed:

  • The restoration and repairs to the Grade II listed East Lodge, providing new office, meeting and storage space
  • Reconfiguration of grounds around the East Lodge to provide a community healthy living garden
  • Improvement works to the Bowling Pavilion
  • Improvement works to the ice cream kiosk
  • Reinstatement of Bandstand
  • Reinstatement of the bridge over the lake
  • Improvement works to the landscape

Councillor John Fareham, Chairman of the Pearson Park Trust and Project Steering Group said:

“Today’s decision is a positive step forward in our plans for Pearson Park and brings us even closer to realising our ambitions of bringing this fantastic park back to its former glory.

“The transformation of Pearson Park would be a wonderful addition for the local community and we will continue to work closely with the Heritage Lottery Fund until the result of the bid is announced later this year.”

Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said:

“As a council we are committed to investing in cultural regeneration and it’s projects like the restoration of Pearson Park that will help to put Hull on the map a world-class destination, bringing investment, jobs and prosperity to the city.”

This decision follows one made in January to restore the entrance to the park and to demolish and re-build the conservatory.

The restoration project has already been awarded initial support* for a grant of £2.3m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as well as a development grant of £156,600.  An announcement from the HLF on the outcome of the Pearson Park bid is expected in 2017.

More information on the proposals to restore Pearson Park is available at www.hullcc.gov.uk/ppbid

Pearson Park entrance and conservatory planning application given green light

A planning decision has been passed today that could see the restoration of Pearson Park entrance and the demolition and re-build of the conservatory, should the current bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund be successful.

The entrance archway, which was originally built by Young and Poole of Hull in 1863, would see original design features including the screening, gates and decorative urns returned as well as the installation of new up-lighting.

The conservatory, that was built in 1930 to replace the 1891 Victorian structure, would be demolished and replaced with a new build sympathetic to the original design.

Councillor John Fareham, Chairman of the Pearson Park Trust and Project Steering Group said:

“I am pleased to see today’s planning applications signed off by officers as it is a key part of the bidding process with the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“As we draw closer to a decision from the fund, I believe we are making fantastic progress in ensuring our bid is as thorough and up to date as possible to give us the best possible chance to restore this park to its former glory.”

Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Steve Brady said:

“As a council we are committed to investing in cultural regeneration and it’s projects like the restoration of Pearson Park that will help to put Hull on the map a world-class destination, bringing investment, jobs and prosperity to the city.”

A further planning application covering the remainder of the restoration works to the park will be heard at planning committee on Wednesday 1 February.

The restoration project has already been awarded initial support* for a grant of £2.3m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as well as a development grant of £156,600.  An announcement from the HLF on the outcome of the Pearson Park bid is expected in 2017.

More information on the proposals to restore Pearson Park is available at www.hullcc.gov.uk/ppbid

Work to begin to restore Pearson Park fountain

Work is to begin on restoring Pearson Park’s historic MacFarlane drinking fountain bowl.

Following the granting of Listed Building Consent in July, the owners of the MacFarlane brand, Hosiers Ltd, will remove the drinking fountain bowl on Thursday (3 November) to allow for its detailed inspection in their workshops in Glasgow.

Once complete, Hosiers Ltd will carry out restoration works on the cast iron structure before re-installing the drinking fountain bowl in the park. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by later this year or early 2017.

Councillor John Fareham, Chairman of the Pearson Park Trust said:

“The restoration of the drinking fountain bowl is being undertaken ahead of the announcement on the outcome of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People bid for Pearson Park.

“This is to allow Hosiers Ltd to take castings from the drinking fountain bowl that will allow for the reinstatement of an identical MacFarlane structure in Jamestown on the South Atlantic island of St Helena.

“The Pearson Park Trust is keen to support this opportunity to help the national heritage movement and additional restoration work to the drinking fountain canopy which is included within the HLF Parks for People bid.”

The restoration project has already been awarded initial supportfor a grant of £2.3m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as well as a development grant of £156,600.  An announcement from the HLF on the outcome of the Pearson Park bid is expected in early 2017.

More information on the proposals to restore Pearson Park is available at www.hullcc.gov.uk/ppbid

Historic water fountain restoration proposals submitted

Proposals to restore an historic water fountain in Pearson Park have been submitted to Hull City Council.

In the plans, the cast iron MacFarlane no.7 fountain bowl will be temporarily removed from the park and restored by Heritage Engineering Limited, who also own the MacFarlane brand.

During the restoration project, the company will take castings from the structure which will be used for future reinstatement projects across the world, including one planned on the South Atlantic island of St Helena.

Councillor John Fareham, Chairman of the Pearson Park Trust said:

“We were recently contacted by Heritage Engineering Limited with an interest in the taking casts of the design of the water fountain.

“This is a great opportunity to help the national heritage movement and, if approved, I believe this project will be a fantastic addition to the larger restoration work of Pearson Park we are hoping for with the Heritage Lottery fund”.

The fountain was installed in 1864 and produced by specialist fountain and bandstand producers Walter MacFarlane & Co and functioned as a working water fountain until the 1990’s when the water supply was isolated.

Some repair work including the repainting of the fountain was undertaken in 2008 by the Pearson Park Trust which saw the former white finish covered with a new blue and gold paint scheme.

The Listing Building Consent planning application will be submitted on Wednesday (8 June) with a decision expected in August. If successful, work will be done following the completion of workshop investigations.