The scheme is being carried out for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham by Vinci; Lead Consultants and Architects are Chris Blandford Associates.
Within Bishops Park, the early 20th century cafe is being internally and externally refurbished and a new single storey community building for use by the bowling club, the park officer and the wider community is being constructed. A new plaza is being created between the cafe and the new building, opening up an area which had previously been disconnected from the rest of the park.
Landscape works within the central core of the park include the creation of a flexible events space, surrounded by a range of play facilities for all ages. The ornamental lake is being restored and an adjacent area, which had been created as a beach in Edwardian times, is being restored, with a new children’s water play area also being created behind this. Teracotta balustrading around the lake is also being refurbished and the park’s Bishops Meadow and Fielders Meadow grassed areas are being restored.
Within Fulham Palace grounds (a listed Scheduled Ancient Monument containing Listed Buildings), the formerly derelict Vinery and the Bothies (the former gardeners’ stores) are being renovated. The Bothies, comprising two buildings, is being re-built and re-roofed and will be brought back into use both for educational and horticultural purposes. The Vinery is being re-built as a new glazed aluminium framed structure.
The former stables are being converted into an education suite, with the works involving both internal and external alterations designed to retain historic elements of the building. A new extension providing machine storage for gardening equipment is also being constructed to one side of the stables.
External refurbishments are being carried out to the Gothic Lodge and the historic entrance of the palace is also being upgraded with the addition of new solid oak gates. A stone arch bridge which crosses the historic moat is being restored and elements of the moat, which had been filled in, are being partially excavated at the bridge and at the entrance to the palace.
Overall completion is scheduled for next spring.
As a company, Sutcliffe Park has over 30 years experience in the design and installation of play environments. During this period they have developed and manufactured their own ranges of Sutcliffe Play equipment and developing and maintained relationships with other manufacturers such as Kaiser & Kuhne, SMB and Kinderland to exclusively distribute their equipment into the UK market.
For the Bishops Park Restoration Project, Sutcliffe Park supplied play equipment directly to Vinci Construction, including individual spring seesaws, large space frames (climbing nets) together with a slide and two rotating dish roundabouts.Sutcliffe Play then installed all of the play equipment, including equipment supplied by other companies.