Updated: Aug 5, 2019
Buxton Building Contractors Ltd has been appointed as the main contractor on the Stanmer Park Restoration Project.
The company was successful in winning the tender for the National Lottery-funded Restoration Project after a comprehensive procurement process.
Site set-up has already begun in preparation for the official construction start of 24 June. The work will last until autumn 2020 at a cost of £5.1m.
Buxton Building Contractors has extensive knowledge and experience of historic landscape restoration work. One of their recent projects is the refurbishment of the 19th Century Malting House in Canterbury to create a performing arts centre.
Work at Stanmer will start in the park’s historic Walled Garden, which is being leased to Plumpton College. Formerly Stanmer House’s kitchen garden, and more lately used as the city council’s plant nursery, the area will be transformed into an attractive expertly designed garden with a new café and enhanced opportunities for horticultural teaching, learning and volunteering.
The 20-hectare project area also includes building a new welcome centre at the Lower Lodges, offering park information, refreshments, public toilets and bike hire
The Grade II Frankland Monument will be restored. An additional car park, plus a new shared pedestrian/cycle path will also be created.
Buxton Building will work closely with Brighton & Hove City Council to ensure park visitors, residents and onsite businesses are kept informed of project progress and any temporary changes to public access.
Information about the project and how to get involved will be shared via social media and on the project website www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/stanmerproject.
Commenting, Councillor Anne Pissaridou, Chair of the city council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “We are delighted to be witnessing the start of this exciting new chapter in Stanmer Park’s fascinating history. The community has been involved with Stanmer for many years and this project will build on their valuable work to protect and celebrate this precious green space asset, while hundreds of new education, volunteering and learning opportunities and activities will enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the park for generations to come.”