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Situated along the Gypsey Race River Corridor, Areas 1 and 2 of the new Gypsey Race Park were created on brownfield land sandwiched between Hilderthorpe Road and Hilderthorpe Coach Park.
The scheme included; construction of a cantilever viewing platform, gravel and paved walkways, installation of seating areas and re-profiling of the river channel.
The land to build the park was generated by the construction of a 4m high reinforced earth wall along the banks of the Gypsey Race which required over-pumping of the river to allow it to be constructed safely.
Landscaping works were undertaken to create a green corridor along the Gypsey Race which provides walking and cycling routes, play areas and improved habitat for wildlife.
A gravel bed was installed to make the river more suitable for aquatic species in the hope of improving habitat and spawning for fish.
A dedicated seating area has been created and the old mill stone has been laid as a reminder of previous industrial heritage.
The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered across 5 phases.
Delivered across two phases, the public realm project focussed on delivering improvements to the city centre street-scene in two adjacent streets; High Street West and Bridge Street.
The works on Bridge Street included the removal of existing bollards, stone slab footpaths and parking bay block paving. Subsequently, the paving was replaced, new kerb lines installed, road markings, signage and 150m of road surfacing completed.
On High Street West, works included; the lifting and replacement of existing paving and the creation of new steel framed tree pits for 9 existing trees, as well as bespoke granite boulders doubling up as street furniture and steel street benches.
The scheme was split into in two distinct phases: Phase 1a (University Square) and Phase 2 (University Road and Great Hall Square) comprising high quality hard landscaping, soft landscaping and remedial drainage repairs.
The scheme consisted of an extensive range of improvement works to Exhibition Park. Works included; restoration of an existing bandstand, soft landscaping, footpath works (2000m), lake refurbishment and new sports facilities including a skate park, tennis courts and bowling green.
The scheme comprised the significant restoration of Wharton Park. Works included the creation of a new heritage centre and café, new play and fitness areas and restoration works to the Amphitheatre, battlements, Albert the Good statue, Way Sculpture and miniature car track.
The new heritage centre provides new toilet and baby change facilities, a café with indoor and outdoor seating, an education space for visiting groups and a park manager's office.
Two new play areas were installed to cater for toddler, junior and older children's play.
Structural stabilisation, rebuilding and re-pointing works were completed to the Grade II listed battery, battlement walls, turret and site wide retaining walls.
Improvements were completed to the existing amphitheatre which included new seating, railings, steps and electricity supply. This provides a venue for live performances including those linked to the Miners Gala, Durham University, local schools and theatre groups.
Works were undertaken to widen the access to the park, including a new footpath and installation of an entrance feature. Footpath improvements were completed across the park and consisted of new kerbs, edgings and tarmac finish.
A new substation, car parking and road widening completed the external services. Street furniture, signage and lighting were also improved.
The project comprised the restoration of the historic North Marine Park, located on South Shields’ seafront. The scheme was commissioned to return the park to its original Victorian heritage by restoring its existing features, including the grotto and the grand promenade staircase.
Delivered by Esh’s civil engineering division for South Tyneside Council, improvement works were undertaken to the park’s open areas, including the lighting, seating, footpaths and bowling area. A themed play area was installed, with its design reflecting the Borough’s maritime links and Roman heritage.
Through improvements to the area around the Lawe top, there is now a viewing platform for the coastline, harbour and mouth of the river.
Esh Civils is on site delivering Areas 3 and 4 of the new Gypsey Race Park. Located on brownfield land, the works comprise of engineering and re-profiling of the land and banks in and around the Gypsey Race watercourse.
The public realm scheme will include landscaping, tree planting, lighting installation and a new play park.
The scheme was carried out on a brownfield site and comprised the removal and replacement of the existing pavement and associated street furniture.
Further works included the installation of a small number of new 2ft high stone tree planters.
The environmental space project provided a sustainable urban drainage system, allotments, 1km fitness trail, sport pitches and extensive planting.
The existing sports pitches underwent soil improvements and were seeded to provide a sports turf, going through a 12-month maintenance period to ensure the conditions were correct before being opened for use.
30 allotments were created for the local community to rent and a car park containing 48 spaces adjacent to the allotments.
Further works included; construction of an attenuation tank, installation of an anti-climb profile fence and lockable gates to the perimeter, creation of gravel pathways and excavation works.
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