Award-winning contractors appointed to transform Brooklands Park

Released: Wednesday, 22 December 2021

The award-winning contractors who have been awarded the task of transforming Brooklands Park say they “cannot wait to get boots on the ground”.

Blakedown Landscapes will carry out the work, which is due to commence on 24th January 2022, and is expected to last for most of next year.

At the heart of Worthing Borough Council's restoration scheme will be a new lakeside cafe made of sustainable wooden materials which will blend into the natural environment of the park and boast fully modernised kitchen facilities, indoor seating and outdoor meeting spaces for visitors, plus a new Changing Places accessible toilet.

The project will also include an adventure play area, outdoor space for events such as football and frisbee complete with seating, contemplative garden with sensory plants, pathways, fitness trails, as well as space to hold community and environmental activities.

Chris Wellbelove, Director at Blakedown, said:

“Blakedown Landscapes are very pleased to be part of the team delivering the scheme at Brooklands Park. We realise the value of the park to the local community and are excited to transform it into an inclusive public park promoting health and wellbeing.”

Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital & Environmental Services, added:

“We cannot wait for Blakedown Landscapes to start work on this exciting project next month.

“The plans for Brooklands are absolutely fantastic and will be totally worth it when completed as it will restore and develop this beautiful area of land that will benefit the whole community, as well as visitors. While there will be lots to do for all ages, the project very much has the environment and the natural habitat at the forefront of all the plans.”

This is the second part of the £3 million Brooklands Park project, which began two years ago when the lake and stream were subject of extensive restoration work with silt removed, free-flowing water channels created and windmill oxygenators installed so wildlife could flourish.

Highly-respected Blakedown Landscapes specialise in landscaping, environmental improvements, public park restorations, grounds maintenance and play area construction.

They have worked on a range of projects across the south east, including London's Natural History Museum, Crossrail Place, in West India Quay and Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

The work at Brooklands is set to be completed in phases, which will require some sections of the park to be temporarily closed. A detailed plan showing which areas will be unavailable and when is due to be released in the new year

Among the new features for Brooklands Park will be:

  • a sustainable cafe close to the lake
  • an adventure play area to house 30 pieces of equipment, two of which are climbing frames more than 4m high
  • an outdoor space for multi use events such as frisbee, football or other activities surrounded by seating
  • a contemplative garden bordering the Teville Stream with new sensory planting
  • a new accessible pathway circumnavigating the lake with seating areas and shelters
  • a 1.55 miles (2.5km) fitness trail around the park
  • a number of glades on the old golf course, including Community Garden, Play and Build, Nature, Wind and Winter, discrete areas sheltered by planting allowing for different community activities including food growing, seed sowing, play dens, bug hotels and bird boxes
  • A new fully accessible Changing Places Toilet

Image: Revised plans for a new cafe at Worthing's Brooklands Park have been approved by councillors

PR21-175 - Brooklands Cafe - 3D view 1

Image: New adventure play area in Brooklands Park - artist impression

New play area in Brooklands Park - artist impression

Photo: The revamped lake at the heart of Brooklands Park in Worthing

PR21-175 - The revamped lake at the heart of Brooklands Park in Worthing

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