Regeneration of Mote Park completed
The £2 million regeneration of Mote Park in Maidstone by Gallagher has just been completed. The regenerated park was officially reopened on Sunday 24 June by the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Rodd Nelson-Gracie.
The Mote Park Grand Opening was held alongside the Kent Kite Festival, with special appearances by Peppa Pig and George.
Mote Park was awarded funding for a regeneration project by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) under its Parks for People scheme.
Last Autumn Gallagher was appointed main contractor for the regeneration project. As a local company, we love to work on local projects that can really make a difference. That is why we were very proud to have worked on the regeneration of Mote Park.
Gallagher's contract included:
- the provision and placement of a variety of natural Kentish Ragstone features, quarried locally and supplied by Gallagher Aggregates' local quarry facility at Hermitage Lane
- formalisation of inner and outer path circuits
- removal of some non parkland trees and scrub to restore the parkland and planting 100 new parkland trees
- upgrade of the main car park including marked bays, shrub and tree planting
- improvement of 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
- refurbishishment of the existing refreshment kiosk
- restoration the 1840s waterfall
- restoration the neoclassical Volunteers Pavilion dating from the 1800s
- replacement of 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 now includes car parking and a natural play area aimed at teens. The second hub at the School Lane Area now has reorganised parking and a separate pedestrian access into the park. The existing play area has been replaced in a new location.
In addition, Gallagher took building waste away from Mote Park to its Hermitage Quarry, processed it in its recycling plant into quality recycled aggregates and returned it straight away to be reused in the Mote Park regeneration project.