At over 24 hectares in size Hanley Park is one of the largest Victorian public parks in the UK. It was designed by the well-known landscape architect Thomas H. Mawson, and it was his first public park commission. Hanley Park is a grade II listed park and it is Garden of Special Historic Interest.
Significant elements of the project include the comprehensive refurbishment of both the main pavilion and boathouse, improvement works to two former bowls pavilions, and the external repair and decoration of two entrance lodges.
There is a particular emphasis on restoring the formal terraces in front of the pavilion, including several flights of steps, the bandstand, its terracotta boundary detailing, and remodelling the planting beds.
The restoration of a number of historic structures will also be addressed, including two bridges over the canal (one of which is a particularly substantial structure with an integral ‘kiosk’, terracotta balustrading, and symmetrical flights of steps), and a large terracotta fountain in Cauldon Grounds.
The project also focuses on restoring the park’s boundary walls and ornate iron entrance gates, as well as repairing and resurfacing the network of footpaths, ensuring that they are suitable and safe for all visitors.