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Gareth Hoskins and Gillespies win Helensburgh park overhaul job

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Gareth Hoskins Architects and Gillespies have won a publicly tendered design contract for a £2 million revamp of Hermitage Park in Helensburgh

Planned to complete in 2016, the 4.7 hectare project for Argyll & Bute Council will restore the park’s heritage features, upgrade recreational spaces and increase visitor numbers.

Proposals are currently under consultation and images of the winning scheme have yet to be published. Pick Everard, JMP, Amion, Headland, Bryan Byrne Consultants, Campbell and Co and Peter McGowan are also working on the project.

Gillespies partner Jon Simmons said: ‘Hermitage Park is an intricate series of spaces with a burn running through that provided water for the historic mill, parts of which still remain.

‘More recently Hermitage House sat in the middle of the park and the layout of the park reflects its use even though the building was lost in 1963. The original walled garden now contains a dramatic war memorial which stands out as part of Helensburgh’s exciting architectural heritage.’

He continued: ‘The project is at the options stage and discussions have been taking place with a wide range of stakeholders to see how best to improve the facilities within the framework of a Heritage Lottery Fund application.

‘Key issues are to protect and interpret the heritage features, to increase useage of the park and to develop wider links with community groups and local schools.’

The appointment comes two years after Hoskins revealed an independent masterplan to ‘give one of Scotland’s finest planned towns a breath of new life’.

Hoskins’ proposals included creating a new leisure centre and supermarket on a pier head overlooking the Clyde Estuary and upgrading Hermitage Park.

Located around 200 metres from Helensburgh town centre, Hermitage Park is the main green space within the historic grid-iron settlement which was first laid out in the 1750s.

Key features include a bowling green, playground, formal gardens, shrubbery, war memorial and disused mill.

Project team

Landscape architects, masterplanners and project manager: Gillespies
Masterplanning and architecture: Gareth Hoskins Architects
Access and traffic: JMP
Business plan and marketing strategy: Amion
Activity planners: Headland
Civil, structural and services engineers: Pick Everard
Cost consultants and CDMC: Bryan Byrne Consultants
Heritage and interpretation specialist: Campbell and Co
Conservation landscape architect: Peter McGowan







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