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East Park Restoration Project

  • Client: Hull City Council
  • Location: East Park, Holderness Road, Hull
  • Period: 2011-2013


East Park is Hull’s largest park at 130 acres, first opened in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The scheme comprised construction of a sensory garden with lake boardwalk in addition to a play area, wheelchair challenge area and water play area. The East Park project required engagement with heritage stakeholders and specialist sub-contractors to protect the historic features, boating lake and bridge assets.


PBS was commissioned to deliver the East Park restoration project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Grant. The scope comprised:

  • Installation of a lakeside boardwalk, including timber boardwalk, gravel paths and installation of retaining walls
  • Liaison with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for specifications relating to the lakeside boardwalk
  • Landscaping works for a sensory garden, including bedding for shrubs, herbaceous and aquatic plants
  • Play area enhancements, including rubber safety surfacing, picnic tables, benches, footpaths, gates and fences
  • Wheelchair challenge area, including footpaths, turntable, resurfacing and ‘helter skelter’ using excavated material
  • Waterplay area, including stainless steel water system with timber deck, edging and resurfacing.


  • The park included a number of heritage assets, requiring careful coordination with key stakeholders
  • The park was kept ‘live’ at all times (requiring careful segregation of our works from the public)


  • Completed on time and budget
  • Zero complaints
  • Robust stakeholder management and client engagement ensured all parties were kept informed and satisfied.


The building contains an education centre, public café and toilets. This is a very busy area that needed to be managed as the complex works were undertaken. The building and its facilities had to remain open to the public during the works.

The works were carried out were as follows:

  • Renew the pool liners and install cobble paving to invert
  • Design and install the fountain system in conjunction with our sub-contractor, The Fountain Company Ltd. New piping and electrical kiosk were also part of the mechanical works
  • Supply and install bespoke stainless steel handrail with glass panel inserts
  • Replace the timber decking around the perimeter
  • Soft landscaping to the surrounding areas
  • Flood tests and commissioning
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