£5million project over four years restored features from several centuries
The £5 million restoration of Cassiobury Park, Watford is now complete, and had its official opening on 1 July.
LUC was the lead consultant for the Heritage Lottery Funded scheme, which aimed to restore and celebrate a multi-layered landscape rich in history thathas been central to the fabric of Watford since the 17th century.
Cassiobury Park is an fascinating amalgam of a former deer park, 18th and 19th century picturesque parkland and a 20th century ‘Peoples’ Park’ overlay with a model railway, Art Deco tearooms and popular water play facilities. Aspects of the park’s heritage had become lost and it had suffered much wear and tear due to its considerable popularity. Recognising this, the council backed a project to regenerate the park, developing Lottery fund proposals with LUC.
The practice restored surviving historic features such as the monumental Lime Avenue and carriage drives and estate watermill ruins; recreated features of the picturesque parkland such as the Rustic Bridge; restored key aspects of the ‘Peoples’ Park’ – the tea pavilion and garden and the bandstand – and completely refurbished the popular water play area allied to a new contemporary park hub building.