Springfield Park receives £3.1m Heritage Lottery Fund
Hackney Council has received over £3.1million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund for the restoration of Springfield Park.
At a ceremony held on 29 May, Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville was presented with a cheque to restore the landscape and historic buildings within Springfield Park.
The funding was granted in July 2017 and since then the Council has worked to prepare detailed documents such as construction drawings, specifications and contract documents for the project, and initial preparation works onsite too.
Before applying for funding, the Council asked park users for their thoughts on what improvements they would like to see and developed its plans in partnership with Springfield Park User Group.
The project includes refurbishing the Park's buildings which date back to the mid-19th century, upgrading the footpaths, play equipment and gates, as well as working to preserve and enhance the Park's magnificent landscape.
One of the key elements of the new design at Springfield Park is to restore the stable block and replace the derelict glass houses with a new community and events space. The stable block will host small local businesses and the community space will host birthday parties, events and weddings. Any income from these buildings will then be reinvested back into maintaining the Park.
The funding we have received from The Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund builds on our reputation for delivering heritage led projects in our parks and represents a substantial external investment in the local area. Springfield Park is an important part of Hackney’s landscape and this will enable us to transform the Park and its historic buildings into a haven for children and families. We are excited to see this area, already so rich with history and culture be improved to its full potential.
We’re delighted to have received this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. We are looking forward to protecting the character and integrity of this much loved space for the next generation. The new facilities will be a huge asset for the Park and the local community, as residents will be able to enjoy a magical walk through Hackney's past for years to come.