More awards for Stamford Park
Wednesday 12th March 2014 @ 15:02 by Max Wieland
WINNERS: Stamford Park

WINNERS: Stamford Park

Stamford Park has won a second national prize to add to the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) Award it received last summer.
P Casey (Land Reclamation), the company which carried out £4 million of improvement works funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, has won a British Association of Landscape Industries Award after being judged best in the restoration and regeneration category.
The aim of the project was to improve the best Victorian elements of the park, which straddles the Stalybridge – Ashton boundary, while providing 21st century facilities.
Among these are the Highfield Pavilion which RIBA described as the heartbeat of the park for users of all ages.
Other improvements include a popular water feature, landscaped terraces next to the pavilion which provide a great spot for picnicking, enhanced permanent planting and restoration of the monuments and memorials.
The once secluded Dingle area has been transformed.
The watercourse has been desilted, the Victorian rockwork restored, and the woodland has been managed to create a more open aspect with a wider variety of plants and wildlife.
Lottery funding also paid for less glamorous but still essential work such as path resurfacing and drainage improvement.
Cllr Lynn Travis, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “This is splendid news and I congratulate P Casey on their achievement.
“However, while awards are a welcome acknowledgement of the work that has taken place, and we are delighted to receive them, the main sign of success is the increased number of visitors.
“People still enjoy a day in the park just as much as previous generations.”
The two awards could yet become three. Stamford Park is in line to win something at the Civic Trust Awards tomorrow (Friday).