Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Felixstowe: Gardens renovation contractor set to be announced

12:00 03 January 2013

Councillors Doreen Savage and Geoff Holdcroft, with Joseph James, centre, programme manager for Felixstowe Futures, with the plans for the refurbishment of Felixstowe

Councillors Doreen Savage and Geoff Holdcroft, with Joseph James, centre, programme manager for Felixstowe Futures, with the plans for the refurbishment of Felixstowe's Spa Gardens.

Archant

A SHORT-list of companies has been drawn up as the team behind the £2.76million project to renovate Felixstowe’s nationally-important seafront gardens prepares to award the contract for the work.

Specialist contractors were sought in a tendering process carried out during the latter part of the autumn.

Geoff Holdcroft, cabinet member for leisure and economic development, said a short-list had now been chosen and a decision would be made soon and the successful contractor would then be announced.

“We are now at the next important stage, where we need to appoint our partners who will carry out much of the physical works that will help transform the gardens and so play their part in the ongoing regeneration of Felixstowe,” he said.

“There is a wide range of works to be carried out that will not only give the gardens an exciting fresh new look, but will also restore much of what has made them so special for so many years, and have rightly gained them national heritage recognition.

“Our goal is to get someone appointed by March and get the transformation works underway in April which should mean they are all finished by the peak summer holiday period of 2014, giving even more strength to the slogan of ‘Felixstowe – Great Days by the Sea’.”

The main work will involve restoring the heritage features of the gardens, creating a major new public shelter overlooking the sea next to Felixstowe Town Hall, plus improved lighting and seating, a heritage trail, CCTV, improved public space, and enhanced gardens.

1 comment

  • I can not believe they are progressing with this. With the Soon to be derelict Spa Pavilion in the middle of the site any work to improve the gardens will be a total waste. Surly the sensible thing to do would be delay the project until a long term future for the SPA was in place.

    Report this comment

    A Smith

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Photo: David Tett

From half-term fun and open gardens to the Suffolk Show and air displays, there’s plenty to see and do in Suffolk during the school holidays.

Gusford Primary School, Ipswich

Children who were evacuated from their primary school this morning due to a hoax bomb threat have been safely collected by parents.

A rise in the older population could put strains on health services. Getty Images/iStockphoto

New estimates predicting a steep rise in the region’s older population have prompted fears for the future of health services.

Former pupils at St Mary's School, Colchester, return for reunion

A host of former pupils, from teenagers to octogenarians, returned to school at the weekend for a reunion with their classroom peers.

Stock image of the A14 near Bury St Edmunds.

One lane is blocked on the A14 westbound at Thurston due to a broken down van.

Ipswich Crown Court.

An Ipswich man with “an entrenched and disturbing interest” in sexually abusing females has been jailed for 12 years.

Fiona Cairns, director at Suffolk Preservation Society

A charity which aims to protect and enhance Suffolk’s landscape and iconic buildings wants to join forces with town and parish councils to help them fight against ‘inappropriate’ developments.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24