St.James' Park - Restoration & Improvement

Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

Click on any of the plans below to see a larger picture.
Picture of Master Plan
Picture of plan for Natural Play Area
Picture of plan for Older Play Area
Picture of plan for Scenic Route and New Entrance

Cracknell's plans

Updated: 5th September 2011

Pre-Application

Encouraged by support from Southampton City Council, FoSJP submitted a pre‑application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and was successful in winning a grant to pay for a full bid to win further funds. This grant allowed us to employ Parklife[1], a consultancy firm who prepared a proposal to submit to the HLF to obtain large‑scale funding for the development of the Park.

Parklife shared some very exciting proposals with us; it was good to see that they listened to us all about what we'd like at St.James' Park. Parklife's plans were submitted to the HLF in Spring 2008, and in October 2008 the results were announced - our application for a full‑scale bid had been successful.

The Park was awarded £64,500 to develop plans for an improvement scheme totalling £1.5 million, including a ring-fenced £400,000 from Southampton City Council.

Full Application

Parklife, which became Cracknell in July 2008, worked on updated plans (on the right of this page) for the Park which were submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in May 2009, as part of the second stage of our application.

On 15th October 2009, it was officially announced that our second stage bid had been successful!

This success released a total of £1.5 million to make significant improvements to the Park and its facilities, and to fund associated community initiatives such as research into the history of St.James' Park through FoSJP's Shirley Heritage Project.

Many thanks for this must go to our partners, Southampton City Council, but also to everyone who helped and supported us on the way.

Picture of Park users celebrating

Park visitors celebrate the good news!

Visit our Press Reports page for links to newspaper articles, radio interviews, and a BBC News website video related to this news.
Other than the name, there is no connection between ParkLife Community Interest Company, established by FoSJP in November 2010 to run the new café and community room, and the former Parklife consultancy that became Cracknell in July 2008.

The Plans

Updated: 12th May 2012

The Park was restored and improved for the whole community to continue to enjoy:

New Trees

Tree Planting Plan

Tree Planting Plan

Click here or on diagram to see a larger version.

As well as the landscaping and building works outlined above, more than 40 new trees - mostly indigenous species, with some hardy exotics - were planted in St.James' Park, as well as a large number of smaller shrubs:

These additional plantings compensated for the unexpected and sad loss of three cherry trees in the Playground, each of which was found to have succumbed to terminal fungal diseases and had to be removed for safety reasons; the removal of a holly tree to make way for the new SE Entrance; and the removal of three conifers to allow room for the Building to be extended.

All tree removals were approved by Southampton City Council's Trees Team.

The diagram above right indicates where the new trees were planted.

Restoration & Improvement Works

Updated: 12th May 2012

Summary

Graham Moyse Contractors Ltd. logo

In February 2010, Southampton City Council's framework of contractors was invited to tender quotes for implementing the development plans. After assessing both price and quality of the submitted tenders, in May 2010 the contract for the capital works to restore and improve St.James' Park was awarded to Graham Moyse Contractors Ltd. (GMC) of Fareham.

GMC moved into the Park on 28th June 2010, and after setting up their site compound and access routes, started development work on 12th July 2010 as directed by Cracknell and monitored by Southampton City Council, FoSJP, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

St.James' Park officially re‑opened, 16th July 2011

Southampton City Council and FoSJP decided to keep the Playground and the Building, including the FoSJP Kiosk, open throughout Summer 2010 to minimise disruption to Park users; these areas were then released to GMC on 6th September 2010.

The Park was re‑opened to the public on 6th July 2011, and the ParkLife Café opened for business shortly afterwards on 15th July.

The Mayor of Southampton officially declared the new Park to be open at a special ribbon‑cutting ceremony held during FoSJP's Play in the Park! event on 16th July 2011.

The Development Work in Pictures

The photos below illustrate just some of the work undertaken during the development work in the Park, from June 2010 to July 2011.

Day One - the contractors move in...

Day One - the contractors move in...

The NW entrance becomes a delivery ramp

The NW entrance becomes
a delivery ramp

The Site Compound takes the place of the old Tennis Courts

The Site Compound takes the place
of the old Tennis Courts

(All photos in this section by Helen Hazlewood or Martin Gardner)
The Scenic Walkway starts to take shape

The Scenic Walkway starts to take shape

It's goodbye to the old playground

It's goodbye to the old playground

The roof comes off the old building

The roof comes off the old building

Foundations are laid for the zipwire...

Foundations are laid for the zipwire...

...and for the Gazebo

...and for the Gazebo

...and for the extension to the Building

...and for the extension to the Building

Building work is hampered by cold weather

Building work is hampered by cold weather

A new roof for the Building

A new roof for the Building

A tropical touch for the new Café Plaza

A tropical touch for the new Café Plaza

The Gazebo is delivered...

The Gazebo is delivered...

...and installed

...and installed

Almost ready in time for Wimbledon!

Almost ready in time for Wimbledon!

The Young Play Area is planted up

The Young Play Area is planted up

The Building pays homage to the Titanic!

The Building pays homage to the Titanic!

The Building nears completion

The Building nears completion

The Outcome

Updated: 21st December 2013

Some of the impact that the restoration and improvements to St.James' Park have made on local people are captured in this video:

This video was put together by members of the Friends of St.James' Park in June 2013.

Click on the clapperboard icons to see more videos...

See how two of FoSJP's younger members see the changes to St.James' Park. Click here to see the Coxford and District Youth Project's video See how the restoration and improvements have helped young people in our local community.

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