New pictures from Springfield Park restoration project
- Springfield House
- Springfield House entrance hall
- Above the entrance door to Springfield House
- Inside Springfield House (3)
- Inside Springfield House (2)
- Staircase in Springfield House
- Staircase in Springfield House (1)
- The new event space at Springfield House
- New event space (2)
- Inside the new event space
- Inside the new ceremony space
- View to Springfield House from new event space
New pictures have been released showing the £4m project to improve Springfield Park as it nears completion.
The project will see the historic Springfield House restored, a large new community and events space and workspace created in the park’s old stable block, a new park playground and improved landscaping around the park.
With around three months left of the project, the Mayor of Hackney visited with project architect Malcolm McGregor from PRS Architects, officers from the Council’s parks and leisure service, and main contractor Borras Construction.
Grade II listed Springfield House is undergoing a full restoration as part of the project, with floors, doors, and walls restored to their 19th Century glory.
A new brick-built extension will house the cafe’s kitchen, toilets and new public toilets for the park.
In the yard, the house’s former stable block is being converted into new workspace, and a new community and event space is being built partly from reclaimed brick.
The space has been designed in cooperation with local people, and is suitable for all types of ceremonies and celebrations, including for the local Charedi community.
Within the new building, there is a ceremony space and a large event space, which can also be partitioned into three smaller rooms.
Any income from these buildings will then be reinvested back into maintaining the park.
The restoration project is funded by a £3.3m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, £20,000 from the Historic Houses Foundation, £250,000 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and £725,000 from Hackney Council.
We’re committed to investing in our parks and green spaces, and providing facilities that the whole community can use.
It was incredible to see the progress made at Springfield Park in the last year, despite the challenges of the pandemic. I can’t wait to go back to join the local community to open the new facilities in the spring.
The pandemic showed us the lifeline that parks and green spaces provide, particularly to those without access to outdoor space.
By investing in Springfield Park, and creating new spaces that can be used by the community and to generate long term income for the park, we can ensure Springfield Park remains the gem it is today and can be used by everyone in the community for decades to come.
Springfield Park officially opened as a public park in 1905, and was formed from the grounds of three private houses, including Springfield House, which remains today. It is one of the borough’s 27 Green Flag parks and green spaces.
More information can be found at www.hackney.gov.uk/springfield-park.