Scott Wilson to progress Grosvenor Park restoration

Manchester-based design and engineering consultancy Scott Wilson has won a £129,000 contract with Cheshire West & Chester Council to help draw up plans for the restoration of Grosvenor Park in Chester.

The council has made a successful stage one application to the Heritage Lottery Fund's Parks for People programme for the restoration project and must now submit more detailed plans for stage two of the HLF process and workstages C to D of the RIBA architectural design standard.

Grosvenor Park is a Grade 2-listed landscape overlooking the River Dee on the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens. The park covers 14 acres and was designed by Edward Kemp, opening in 1867.

The park consists of an upper area of open lawns defined by a strong network of footpaths, with some accompanying shrub and flowerbeds and a lower area of rockeries and quarry gardens occupying the slopes down towards the river front. There are a number of mature trees and the park contains architectural features designed by Chester architect John Douglas, including Billy Hobby's Well and the Park Lodge in Douglas's trademark black and white style.

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