Mote Park regeneration progressing well

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Work on the Mote Park Regeneration Project is progressing well. Gallagher is the main contractor for the project, which involves improvements to the whole park.

Mote Park in Maidstone is one of the largest public parks in the South East of England, with the scale and character of a country park. Its proximity to the centre of Maidstone makes it a very popular place for local communities to visit. It has been awarded funding for a regeneration project by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) under their Parks for People scheme.

Gallagher's contract includes:

• the provision and placing of a variety of natural Kentish Ragstone features, quarried locally and supplied by Gallagher Aggregates' local quarry facility at Hermitage Lane

• formalising inner and outer path circuits

• removing some non parkland trees and scrub to restore the parkland and planting 100 new parkland trees

• upgrading the main car park including marked bays, shrub and tree planting

• improving the Boat House Area, including installing a hard surface promenade area comprising of new seating, tree planting, and sculptural play elements, and relocation of the model boat platform • refurbishing the existing refreshment kiosk

• restoring the 1840s waterfall

• restoring the neoclassical Volunteers Pavilion dating from the 1800s

• replacing the existing ramp and small bridge arrangement across the lake with a 20m span timber and steel bridge

• the creation of two additional hubs. An area accessed from Willington Street will include car parking and a natural play area aimed at teens. The second hub at the School Lane Area will include reorganised parking and a separate pedestrian access into the park. The existing play area will be replaced in a new location.

In addition to the work detailed above, Gallagher is taking building waste away from Mote Park to its Hermitage Quarry, processing it in its recycling plant into quality recycled aggregates and returning it straight away to be reused in the Mote Park regeneration project. The work will be completed by next Summer.

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