Works have been carried out at South Cliff Gardens which is included on The Historic England ‘Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.’ The aim of the scheme has been to rejuvenate the existing South Cliff Gardens and restore them to their former glory.

The scheme received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £4,665,700 with an additional £105,000 also being raised by local community groups.

Overview of the Works

The aim of this scheme has been to rejuvenate the existing South Cliff Gardens and restore them to their former glory. The scheme has received substantial funds from the National Lottery Community and Heritage Funds with money also being raised by local community groups.

The full project comprised of the construction of a new maintenance and community hub (Beeforth’s Hive), along with general refurbishment and landscaping upgrades to the existing South Cliff Park. The project also included refurbishment work to the existing tunnel which runs under the funicular railway.

Construction Works to Date (Upto August 31st)

Beeforth’s Hive Progress

  • Building works complete
  • CCTV installed
  • Outside bench installed
  • Solar panels due to be installed this month

Shelter 3 Progress

  • Shelter works complete
  • Shelter to be cleaned

Shelter 4 Progress

  • Pillars rebuilt, installing diamond brickwork
  • Roof ready for installation

Shelter 5 Progress

  • Roof now fully installed
  • Pergola installed and timber work complete
  • Guttering installed
  • Retaining wall built and area tarmacked
  • Resin installed on all landings
  • Shelter now ready for painting

Shelter 18 Progress (Accessible Toilet Block)

  • All electrical work and fittings complete
  • Footways around building surfaced
  • Painting 75 per cent complete

Tunnel Progress:

  • Main works complete on tunnel
  • All lighting now installed

Elsewhere across the project, work is now complete on:

Shelters 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13

  • Memorial Shelter
  • Lost Shelter
  • Land drainage
  • The Rose Gardens
  • The Play Park
  • Egyptian & Belvedere Gates
  • A18 Steps
  • A19 Steps           

Final works are continuing on:

  •  Italian Gardens
  • Clock Tower
  • Italian Steps (North & South)
  • A16 Steps
  • Sunken Garden

Site visit for Coastline Sight & Hearing

Back in July we welcomed 19 members of the Coastline Sight & Hearing along to the gardens for a site tour led by Brendon Smurthwaite (PBS Community Manager). It was great to meet everyone and not even a heavy rain shower on the last part of the tour could dampen a good morning had by all!

Friends of South Cliff Gardens

Since the monthly meetings of the Friends of South Cliff Gardens restarted again post-covid, our community manager, Brendon Smurthwaite, has been a regular attendee. He’s always been made to feel welcome by the Friends and has enjoyed going along to provide updates on the project each month. We’d like to pass on our thanks to everyone involved with the Friends and hope that the group goes from strength to strength in the future. Below is a message from Adrian Perry, Chair of the Friends:

“As this will be the last newsletter issued by PBS can I remind you that for information about what is happening in the gardens you can get details from the website or perhaps you may like to join the Friends of South Cliff Gardens. It’s free to join, simply send your name and address along with your email to”

The Festive Spectacular Carol Concert

Throughout the project we’ve been involved in various community initiatives and have recently agreed to support one more in the shape of the Festive Spectacular Carol Concert which is being held at The Spa in December. PBS will be a sponsor for the concert which raises money for local charities. We’d like to wish all involved the very best of luck and are sure that it’ll be a big success.

July site tour

We hosted our final regular site tour for the public at the end of July with 25 members of the public coming along to check out the progress being made on the project. Neil Holland (PBS Heritage Joiner) and Brendon Smurthwaite (PBS Community Manager) led the tour which included an update on works to the Clock Tower, a wander down to see the Play Park installation and a walk to see the renovations taking place on shelters 5 & 6 in the Italian Gardens. As this was our final regular monthly site tour we’d like to thank everyone who has attended over the months that we have held them; hopefully everyone who came along found them useful!

Temporary Footpath Closure

There is a planned temporary footpath closure for footway surfacing works around the area of the Spa Chalet and the southern entrance to Spa Bridge. The closure will be in place for three days (weather permitting) from Monday September 12th to Wednesday September 14th. Appropriate diversions will be in place and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Monthly Site Tours

With the project being close to completion, our regular monthly site tours (held on the last Thursday of every month) have now come to an end. We’d like to thank everyone has attended the tours over the past few months; it’s been great to meet so many people who are so passionate about the gardens. We may well organise one final walk around and if we do the details will be advertised via South Cliff Gardens website ( and also on their social media channels.

Considerate Constructors Scheme

This project has been registered under the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which means that we will agree to abide by the Code of Considerate best practice beyond statutory requirements.  Alongside this we have registered with The Considerate Constructors Scheme who are working with the Lighthouse Club, the Construction Industry Charity to promote the Construction Industry Helpline.  The Construction Industry Helpline operates 24/7 and provides practical support on occupational health and mental wellbeing, access to support on legal, tax and debt management matters and also grants emergency financial aid to construction families in crisis.

On our last considerate constructor inspection we were delighted to achieve an impressive score of 39 out of 45.

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