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Boathouse restoration is underway

Release date: 
Wednesday, 10 January, 2018

Work has begun on the restoration of the pavilion and boathouse at Thompson Park, Burnley, as part of a wider £1.2m Heritage Lottery-funded project.

The boathouse will be transformed into a café that will allow people to stay in the park for longer and enjoy views of the boating lake and play area. 

Burnley Leisure Trust will be managing the café and the space inside will be transformable for activities and groups that the trust runs.  There will also be extra seating on the terrace and new storage units for boats and kayaks.

As part of Burnley Council's commitment to make the borough a dementia friendly community, extra funding will pay for dementia-friendly features such as a disabled toilet, use of tonal contrast in surface finishes and making the café an uncluttered environment.

Councillor Margaret Lishman, Chair of the Burnley Dementia Action Alliance, said: "The level walking surfaces and easy to navigate pathways, with the variety sensory experiences to enjoy, will make the park a great place for people living with dementia. When the council consulted local residents and carers at the nearby Bank Hall care home, we were told that extra disabled facilities would be a big help, so I am delighted that the council is able to make the extra funding available."

The work on the pavilion will restore many of its original architectural features as well as providing a community space and kitchen for school groups such as schools, exhibitions and Friends of Thompson Park meetings.  The park rangers will have their headquarters in there and it will have kitchen facilities for use by community groups and on event days.  In an effort to make the building more sustainable it will be heated by a biomass boiler which will be fuelled by seasoned wood, produced by the Green Spaces Department with the help of volunteers.

The work on the pavilion and boathouse will be carried out by Rosslee Construction, based in Accrington, and is set to be complete by the end of April.  Rosslee has previous experience on Heritage Lottery-funded projects.

Councillor John Harbour, executive member for housing and environment, said: “It’s great to see the restoration of Thompson Park take shape. The boathouse and boating lake hold some great memories for generations of local residents and I’m sure they’ll be pleased to see it being developed for generations to come.”

Other architectural elements included in the wider refurbishment of the park include work on the toilet block in the play area and the shelters in the Italian Garden.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

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