Contractor appointed to deliver Bowring Park restoration in Knowsley

Knowsley Council has approved the appointment of a principal contractor for the restoration of Bowring Park.

Planned work at the historic park, which received almost £2 million of lottery funding in 2016, includes the renovation of the Coach House and refurbishment of the Stables Block.

The appointment was confirmed yesterday (5 September) at meeting of Knowsley Council’s cabinet. idverde UK will now undertake works at the Roby site which will also see landscaping of parkland and the restoration of habitats.

idverde, which describes itself as one of the country’s top grounds maintenance and landscaping companies, was formed through a merger between The Landscape Group, Quadron Services and Scottish firm Land Engineering.

In order to progress the works, cabinet agreed a contribution of £374,000 from one-off resources.

Bowring Park

An initial grant of £108,000 helped kick-start the park restoration project, funding a conservation plan, feasibility studies, an archaeological survey, as well as a consultation seeking the views of locals on the planned works.

In July 2016 the council was successful in its bid to secure £1.8m for the project from the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Parks for People’ Programme.

Speaking at the time, Councillor Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “Bowring Park has a wealth of historic features, including buildings, trees and gardens, but these need investment to preserve the park for future generations and enable it to attract local residents and visitors from further afield.

“Bowring Park is an important, historical landmark in Knowsley, so we are delighted to have been awarded this funding which will help us restore and protect the park for many generations to come.”

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