Team appointed for £5.5m park redevelopment
A DESIGN team has been appointed to oversee the £5.5 million refurbishment of Portadown People’s Park and the enhancement of the tunnel area.
Hamilton Architects are the Integrated Consultancy Design Team while Portadown Councillor Kenneth Twyble has been elected chair of the steering group, which oversees the project monitoring both the timetable and
work progress of the park.
The project is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Funds through the EU’s PEACE III Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
“I’m delighted that I’ve been elected as chhair,” said Mr Twyble, “This project is a real challenge for council. The £5.5 million can only be spent on the park and by March 2015. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done but I’m heartened by the expertise on the steering group”.
The steering group, known as the Space Steering Group, includes Members from all the main political parties, the SEUPB, Translink, DSD, DRD and Portadown Chamber of Commerce.
In addition Louise McCrory is now the community development manager, essentially the project manager whose responsibility is delivering the project. She is responsible for managing the community development team and neighbourhood renewal areas.
Louise will be working closely with Hamiltons the Integrated Consultancy Design Team. They look at the master plan, see what’s needed and through the proper process appoint the contractors accordingly.
Sinn Fein Councillor Gemma McKenna described the firm’s appointment as a significant step forward.
“The redevelopment of the People’s Park is an important major project and it is essential that we plan properly so as to receive the maximum benefit from the £5 million plus EU Peace funding. The work to be carried out now will benefit not only the current residents of the Borough but future generations as well.”
Ms McKenna explained that the remit for the Integrated Consultancy Design Team was to ensure that the completed Park was a welcoming place that everyone could enjoy. Pointing out that the design team would review and develop the previous master plan which outlined the facilities required within the Park the Councillor said,
“This is an exciting project for Portadown and indeed the entire Borough of Craigavon and the completion date for the planned work is June 2015. It is envisaged that when completed it will include amongst a variety of facilities several football pitches, a Multi-Use Games Area, outdoor gym, play park and a lake.”
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