Works are being 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 is to rejuvenate the existing South Cliff Gardens and restore them to their former glory.

The scheme has 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 is 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 comprises of the construction of a new maintenance and community hub, along with general refurbishment and landscaping upgrades to the existing South Cliff Park. The project also includes refurbishment work to the existing tunnel, currently closed off to the public under the funicular railway.

Construction Works to Date (June 1st – July 1st)

Progress has continued to be made on the construction of the new community building within the gardens, ‘Beeforth’s Hive’. During the past month the progress has included:

  • Building works complete
  • Building deep cleaned
  • Internal and external painting complete
  • Outdoor classroom area complete
  • Poly tunnel installed

Rose Gardens Progress

  • All footways now tarmacked and resin surfacing completed
  • All edges top soiled
  • New benches being installed

Play Park Progress

  • Installation of Play Park equipment complete
  • Grass matting being installed

Shelter 5 Progress

  • Column repairs completed
  • Concrete cover to base removed
  • New basement slab being installed
  • Cappings in production

Shelter 8 Progress

  • All ridge tiles now installed
  • All internal and external works complete

Italian Steps North Progress

  • Lower railings installed
  • Copings being installed to remaining walls
  • Scaffold removed and stone cleaned

Italian Steps South Progress:

  • Urns installed on pillar tops
  • New radius coping installed
  • Resin surfacing installed
  • Ducting works ongoing
  • Steps pointed up
  • Cleaning works ongoing

Shelter 12 Progress

  • Rear base end panels removed and replaced
  • New bench supports installed and bricked into place. New Tongue & Groove boarding back for bench installed
  • Window re-made and re-installed. New bay window made and installed
  • All internal and external roof works complete
  • Decoration complete

Shelter 18 Progress (Accessible Toilet Block)

  • New facia boards installed due to rot
  • New soffit installed around the building
  • Roof works now complete
  • External cladding completed
  • Walls in cubicles now built
  • External decoration underway

Elsewhere across the project, work is continuing on:

  • Shelter numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10 and 11 (Shelter 13 now complete)
  • Area 16 Steps
  • Area 18 Steps
  • The Clock Tower
  • The Lost Shelter
  • Tunnel area
  • Italian Gardens
  • Esplanade railings
  • Land drainage
  • Area 22 steps & footway

Site visit for Scarborough Rotary

Early June saw 20 members of the Scarborough Rotary come along to the gardens for a site tour led by Vicky Thompson (South Cliff National Lottery Heritage Fund Project Officer) and supported by Neil Holland (PBS Heritage Joiner) and Brendon Smurthwaite (PBS Community Manager).

Friends of South Cliff Gardens

The Friends of South Cliff Gardens held their latest meeting earlier this month and Brendon Smurthwaite (PBS Community Manager) was delighted to be invited along to give a short update on the progress of the project. PBS would like to thank the Friends for the invite and we look forward to attending again in July.

June Site Tour

We hosted our regular site tour for the public at the end of June with 15 members of the public coming along to check out the progress being made on the project. Alan Clarke (PBS Site Manager) and Brendon Smurthwaite (PBS Community Manager) led the tour which included an update on works to the Clock Tower, a look around the outside of the new ‘Beeforth’s Hive’ building (including the outdoor classroom), a visit into the Rose Garden, a wander down to see the Play Park installation in progress and a walk to see the renovations taking place on Shelter 5 at the northern end of the Italian Gardens. Thanks to everyone who came along and we look forward to our next tour which is being held on Thursday July 28th (1-2pm).

Monthly Site Tour

We will be hosting a monthly site tour on the last Thursday of every month throughout the duration of the project. Our next tour will be held between 1-2pm on Thursday July 28th. All are welcome. Anyone who would like to come on the tour should meet at the Clock Tower just before 1pm. Please note that these tours will include walking on uneven paths and surfaces, inclines and steps and may be unsuitable for those with mobility issues.

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.

Meet the PBS Site Team


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Community Liaison Manager Contact Details

Brendon Smurthwaite

Community Liaison Manager

PBS Construction (North East) Ltd

1 Trinity Street, Hull, HU3 1JR

Office:  01482 211132



Head Office: 1 Trinity Street, Hull, HU3 1JR

Phone: 01482 211132


“We are looking forward to delivering this scheme for the town of Scarborough and the local community.”


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