n 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.

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

+ Summary

n 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.

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.