The Outcome

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

The Plans

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

The Kiosk building, which is a former Air Raid Precautions warden shelter, was refurbished and extended to provide a café with indoor and outdoor seating areas, a community room, and toilets.
The old playground and Rose Garden were transformed into a re-landscaped Young Play Area and upgraded with new play equipment, including toddler swings, a playhouse and slide, larger swings, a sand pit, a zipwire, play towers with climbing ropes and slides, and a water feature: all protected behind dog‑proof fencing again.

Restoration & Improvement Works

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.

Heritage Lottery Fund Grant


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.