|Mesnes Park plans awarded
Plans to renovate Mesnes Park in Wigan have won a prestigious award.
Wigan Council has been applauded by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as one of the best recent planning achievements in the region and has been awarded the Planning Achievement award for Collaboration in Planning Work, 2014.
Deputy leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molynuex said:
“Mesnes Park has always been much loved by the local community and we were incredibly proud to see this beautiful Victorian green space brought back to life through the restoration project. It is wonderful to have this recognition from the RTPI and this is testament to all those partners who worked together on the vision for the park and helped bring it to fruition.”
The restoration of Mesnes Park was made possible thanks to a £6.1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund plus investment from the Big Lottery Fund, Wigan Council and WLCT.
It has seen many features reinstated in the park including the iconic Coalbrookdale Fountain, the monument of Sir Francis Sharpe Powell and the shelter building.
The pavilion has been revamped and now houses a café, while the play shack has been converted into a flexible activities space. There has also been significant work to repair footpaths and provide new signs, bins and benches.
The RTPI award is the latest in a series of accolades presented to the park, including the Best Heritage Regeneration Award and Overall Best Design Award at Wigan’s Building and Design Awards and Best Heritage Area award at the North West In Bloom awards.
Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of WLCT added:
“What has been achieved at Mesnes Park was a real team effort by hard-working staff from a number of partner organisations as well as dedicated local volunteers from the Friends of Mesnes Park team. This latest award specifically recognises this partnership and holds the scheme up as an example of best practice, which is fantastic.”
To find out more about Mesnes Park visit www.wlct.org/wigan.