Work has started on a project to restore the historic Victoria Park in Stafford town centre.
Led by landscape architects, TEP, the project seeks to realise the full potential of Victoria Park by restoring its historic fabric to create a community asset of real significance and value, and to make an important contribution to the wider social economic and environmental regeneration of Stafford.
Buttress’ role on the project includes overseeing the restoration of the park’s historic structures, namely the Grade II listed Mottram Shelter, and the design of a number of new community facilities.
This includes an aviary, a timber-clad horticulture and training centre which will provide training, classroom space and a working greenhouse, and a new café with a central core to offer 360-degree views of the park.
The café will also sit alongside a new landscaped amphitheatre to encourage performance and events.
Victoria Park is more than 100 years old and is an important gateway to the town for visitors arriving from the station. Since 2007 it has held a ‘Green Flag’, a mark of one of the best parks and open spaces in the country. Its restoration will be supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which plays a crucial role in revitalising parks across the UK.
Work on site is expected to complete in 12 months.