The £3.6 million restoration project for Chester’s Grosvenor Park has come a step nearer with the appointments of the lead consultant and main contractor.

URS Infrastructure and Environment UK Limited will progress the detailed design phases and Mansell Construction Services Limited will deliver the restoration and construction works on site.

The majority of the money is coming from the Parks for People Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) initiative and the rest from the Council. The Friends of Grosvenor Park and Friends of The Groves were instrumental in securing the funding for the project.

Some pre – construction work over the winter will result in the closure of the park’s public toilets and the play area on December 24 to allow for the demolition of the toilet block so that survey work can be undertaken, including archaeology.

Some trees are to be removed this winter. For information on the phasing of the works please check the website link  www.talkingwestcheshire.org/grosvenorparkproject

Completion will be late spring 2014 and include the construction of a new Training and Events Pavilion which will include toilets, internal remodelling, restoration as well as extension to the Grade ll listed Park Lodge to include a café and first floor meeting rooms for community use.

There will also be an enclosed and enlarged play area, with a greater offer of play facilities.

Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation said: “Some newly identified trees are to be removed which are mainly poor quality hollies with a handful of apple and cherry which will be replaced.

“Tree maintenance work on the other hollies and limes are scheduled during January and February, obviously outside the bird nesting season.

“Also to avoid disruption for our frequent park visitors, works will be programmed around major public events in the city such as outdoor theatre performances however areas of the park may be closed off at various times in the year.

“The end result is to restore and develop this historic park and build on the beautiful landscape designed by Edward Kemp.

“The Park Lodge, designed by architect John Douglas, will also be restored.

“We would ask the thousands of park visitors to bear with us as we restore this popular location, build on the park’s legacy and make it fit for visitors for generations to come.”