Good News; it will not be long until we start the restoration works on site. Spring is in the air and it is the perfect time to get spades in the ground and dig up new beginnings. Following a rigorous quality and cost analysis of contractors bidding to carry out the works, the Council is now concluding the selection of its preferred contractor. We cannot tell you who the preferred contractor is yet as we still have a legal processes to go through first. This includes reporting to Cabinet and if the Cabinet members approve the move to the next stage of the project at their meeting on the 26th of February, we will announce the winning contractor then.
As we move into the construction phase, we will keep you updated in advance; to explain any changes to access on site and which areas we will be working on and when, to make sure no one becomes lost or stuck in the gardens.
Please make sure you sign up to our newsletter via the website for the project’s latest news. We had hoped to hold hardhat walks and tours during the building works so that you can get a first-hand view of the restoration but this will have to wait until the covid restrictions ease. In the meantime, we will do our best to share picture and digital content of the restoration as it develops.
We will be writing to people who have memorial benches in the gardens to explain to them what will happen to their bench during the works. Rest assured all memorial benches will go back in exactly the same positions however some will be temporarily removed for restoration and some will be swapped out for a new model.
Our Community Engagement Officer, Gemma has some exciting online activities and collaborations for you to get involved in so keep an eye out for details on our updates.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation on the new logo and site maps, we will be bringing the final version to you shortly, watch this space.
Take care of yourselves.