Peel Park, Accrington

Newground worked closely with Lancashire County Council, Hyndburn Borough Council, arts officers, ecologists, planners, hydrologists, engineers and other consultants, schools, the Friends Group, the local history society, a local fishing club, horseriders, archaeologists, funders and the local community.

We undertook local consultation on developing plans; the planning supervisor role; submitted planning applications; produced access and heritage detailed design and contract administration; design of interpretation panels; supported community archaeological digs and undertook funding applications leading to further development of the park’s unique offer.

These further successful applications lead to the improved access and interpretation of Arden Hall and Plantation Mill and later the restoration and artistic enhancements of Peel Park entrance columns. This was part of an Arts Council funded competition for the improvements to the main entrance gates and stone columns into the park. We supported Mid Pennine Arts in this project and integrated the scheme into other surfacing and allotment improvements in that area.

Peel Park has now become a much more popular, accessible, welcoming and more informative, with increased visitor numbers, longer stays and improved biodiversity and management. We understand that Hyndburn Borough Council is applying for Green Flag status and on-going Forestry Commission funding we helped to secure continues to improve path infrastructure and woodland and heath management.

"We have worked with Newground over quite a number of years in progressive implementation of several projects within the Peel Park Master Plan. A few key phrases come to mind - quick and efficient, tight control of detail, responsive and supportive in discussions, helpful, good working relationships with all concerned - client, contractors, members of the public," Anne Hourican, Hyndburn Borough Council.


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