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 (March 26th – April 29th)

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
  • Steps, setts and tactile paving installed. Footway and kerbing complete
  • Tarmac base and binder installed around building and footways
  • Rainwater goods installed on canopy
  • Timber sleeper wall installed in front of the building and down step run

Holbeck Footways Progress

  • Footways closed off and diversions put in place
  • Scaffold set up for edge protection in the area
  • Started installation of log retaining walls

Esplanade Railings, Gates & Timber Fencing Progress

  • Egyptian and Belvedere Gates removed, refurbished and re-installed
  • Approximately 60 metres of railings have been refurbished and re-installed
  • Timber fence replaced in various locations

Italian Gardens to Putting Green Progress

  • All steps in front of Shelter 5 removed and inspected
  • Setts and boulders on main footway through gardens to putting green now installed
  • Area in Italian Gardens dug out for footing. Installation of metal edge rails for resin footways now complete
  • All footways now surfaced from A16 Steps through to putting green

Italian Steps Progress

  • Removed all existing balustrades
  • Put new concrete footings in on section of damaged radius wall
  • Wall rebuilt and coping installed
  • Installing new balustrades and copings

Shelter 9 Progress

  • Shelter now installed on site
  • Stone wall and pavers repointed and cleaned
  • Roof fully installed and underfelt installed
  • Shelter now 95 per cent painted and complete

Shelter 10 Progress

  • Shelter now installed and bottom repair complete
  • New lattice panels made and installed
  • Back panel removed and replaced
  • Bench installed and all roof work complete ready for
  • new shingle roof

Shelter 11 Progress

  • New roof installed
  • Painting 95 per cent complete

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 to be installed
  • Window re-made and re-installed. New bay window made and installed
  • Internal roof works 90 per cent complete
  • All roof works complete
  • High level painting complete and 75 per cent of the shelter is now painted

Elsewhere across the project, work is continuing on:

  • Shelter numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 18 (new accessible toilet block)
  • Area 16 Steps
  • Area 18 Steps
  • Area 19 Steps
  • The Clock Tower
  • The Lost Shelter
  • The Memorial Shelter
  • Land drainage
  • Area 22 steps & footway

Friends of South Cliff Gardens meeting

The Friends of South Cliff Gardens held their latest meeting earlier this month and Brendon Smurthwaite (PBS Construction 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 May.

April site tour

We hosted our regular site tour for the public at the end of April and were delighted to see more than 40 people come along. Andy Thorley (PBS Project Manager) and Brendon Smurthwaite (PBS Community Manager) led the tour which included a walk down to the new ‘Beeforth’s Hive’ building, a look at the work in the Italian Gardens, a visit to the tunnel under the cliff lift and an update on the progress being made on the Italian Steps. Thanks to everyone who came along and we look forward to our next tour which is being held on Thursday May 26th (1-2pm).

Scarborough PRU Careers Afternoon

Scarborough Pupil Referral Unit recently held a Careers Afternoon for their students and PBS Construction joined a number of other local business and education providers at the event. During the course of the afternoon, students chatted to representatives from those businesses and education providers to see what potential opportunities are available when they reach the end of Year 11. Brendon Smurthwaite, PBS Construction Community Manager, said: “It was really nice to meet the students and find out what type of career path they may be considering at this stage. There were one or two who are interested in construction so I was able to give them some detail on the different types of roles there are in the industry.”

BBC Radio York site visit

We were delighted to welcome BBC Radio York down to site recently to see the progress being made on the new community building, ‘Beeforth’s Hive’. When they last visited, the foundations were literally being poured for the building so things are looking a bit different now! Julia Lewis (BBC Radio York reporter) was given a sneak peek inside the building by PBS Project Manager, Andy Thorley, and they were joined by Gemma Alexander (South Cliff Gardens Community Engagement Officer) and Adrian Perry (Chair of the Friends of South Cliff Gardens). The visit provided some great coverage of the project so many thanks to Julia and the team at Radio York for the opportunity!

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 May 26th. 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.

Forthcoming events

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

Office:  01482 211132

1 Trinity Street, Hull, HU3 1JR



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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