3rd January 2019
The next exciting milestone in the regeneration and conservation of Ellington Park in Ramsgate, can begin after it secured £1.64m of support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Work can now get under way on the Clague designed café, community hub and gardening workshop, along with the refurbishment of its Victorian bandstand and extensive re-landscaping of the gardens.
The work by Clague Architects, led by Gareth Leggeat, Associate, was instrumental in securing planning consent for the regeneration of Ellington Park, which dates from 1892.
Gareth Leggeat said: “At long last this historic public park will be returned to its former splendour, whilst improving the facilities to ensure it will have a sustainable future as a hugely important public amenity for the people of Ramsgate.”
The project features a single storey flat roofed café, with knapped flint finish to match the Victorian boundary walls around the park.
Its glazed frontage, with concertina doors and a central opening has views out on to the park. Designed with windows and doors on three sides of the building with security shutters for night time protection, the building will have modern lavatories including baby changing facilities.
The café can be converted into a space for community events, and has a workshop and education area.
More than 6,500 people were consulted about the developments to the park, of whom 85% said they would like a café and toilet facilities.
Ellington Park historically contained public toilets and a range of outbuildings for community use, such as summerhouses and shelters, however, these shut down in 2013. The loss of these buildings has had a significant impact on the park, such as shorter visits and further travelling for food and refreshments. The new buildings will once again provide these much needed facilities.
The scheme is expected to commence by summer 2019.