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16 September 2008

Mott MacDonald is celebrating Great Yarmouth parks’ Green Flag Award

The success of St Georges Park in Great Yarmouth, UK has been recognised through the presentation of a prestigious Green Flag Award by the Civic Trust, the UK national standard for quality parks and green spaces. The award follows a £2 million refurbishment programme commissioned by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and delivered through the Norfolk County Council Planning and Transportation Strategic Partnership with Mott MacDonald and May Gurney. Mott MacDonald together with representatives from the Borough Council, County Council and other partners marked the award at a recent joint flag raising ceremony.

The refurbishment was introduced to enhance the park’s safety and attractiveness. Mott MacDonald’s appointment to provide consultancy services for the overall scheme design included assisting with the landscape design, master planning, public consultations as well as contract administration services. The park refurbishment and associated highway measures, form part of the wider St Georges Parkway project which is being introduced to create a green corridor linking the seafront to heritage quarter, the medieval section of the town.

The refurbishment programme involved remodelling the park to restore its original paths and enhance its green space. Extensive landscaping was carried out including additional herbaceous borders and rose beds, new play equipment, feature lighting, CCTV and improved signage. Trafalgar Road which divides the park has been narrowed and resurfaced, with oak trees planted either side giving it the look and feel of a driveway through the park.

Simon Mutten, Environmental Strategy Manager for the Borough Council said, “the award of the Green Flag is gratifying because it provides external validation of the improvements that have been made, not only through the refurbishment project, but also in how we manage and maintain the park now and in the future for the benefit of both residents and visitors. When the Judges visited the park they were particularly struck by just how many people were using it.”

Shaun Ruffles, Principal Landscape Architect at Mott MacDonald said, “The overall aim of the scheme was to create a space in which people would stop and spend time. To achieve this, the design rationale was to enhance and embrace its Victorian character resulting in a space that is welcoming, clean, safe and useable for the whole community.”


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