Following the award of National Lottery Heritage Funding in December 2018, we can now confirm the commencement of works to deliver the Fairhaven Lake and Garden Restoration project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project can now fulfil its ambition to make Fairhaven Lake and Gardens one of the finest marine lakes in the United Kingdom!
Supported through the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and National Lottery Community Fund, the project aims to conserve and restore Fairhaven’s heritage buildings and landscape, improve the lake’s infrastructure and water quality, and provide an exciting new programme of events. New information boards will help visitors better understand Fairhaven’s heritage. Other funding bodies to the overall project include Fylde Council, Sport England & Lancashire Environmental Fund.
The building and landscape works will be delivered through two main contracts on site which have been subject to a thorough and compliant tender process. The first is a £1.2m contract awarded to John Turner Construction Group Ltd, to restore the three heritage buildings on site; Pagoda, Watersports Centre and the Café. This contract also includes landscape works on the north side of the lake.
The second package of works has been awarded to Horticon Ltd for £158,000, to carry out the restoration of the Japanese Gardens and complete the circular pathway around the entire perimeter of the lake.
There will be some minor disruption to park users during the works to ensure segregation of the public from construction activities. The path in front of the buildings (from the RSPB Discovery Centre to the Café) will be closed until Spring 2021 whilst works progress. All other facilities in the park remain open including the recently completed Adventure Golf course and Adventure Play area. We apologise for the inconvenience whilst we carry out these works during the off-season.
Fylde Council’s Tourism and Leisure Chair, Councillor Cheryl Little said “As residents and visitors are already seeing the benefits from the huge investment and the continuing redevelopment of the Fairhaven Lake, we are now ready for the next stage, whilst other facilities in the park remain open including the recently opened Adventure Golf course and Adventure Play facilities; I hope you share our excitement for the next phase of the transformation of one of the Council’s best loved assets”.
Project notice boards on site will keep residents and visitors informed as to the works progression. Please keep a look out for our regular updates on the project’s various social media platforms.