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Cwmdonkin Park

Swansea

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City & County of Swansea Council
The City & County of Swansea Council was successful in achieving Heritage Lottery Funding and the European Regional Fund through the Welsh Government as part of its Sustainable Tourism initiative, as well as contributions from Swansea Council and the Friends of Cwmdonkin Park to regenerate the park in readiness for the 100th anniversary of Poet Dylan Thomas birth.

Andrew Scott were appointed to undertake the works; which are within a popular recreation ground/ park within the uplands area of Swansea, the park is popular with residents, students and dog walkers living around and near to the park, the park is also recognised as Dylan Thomas childhood park with the park featuring in various pieces of his work.

Cwmdonkin Park is a Grade II listed ‘garden of historic interest’, with many Victorian features including a bowls pavilion, unique cockleshell path and a world famous Dylan Thomas drinking fountain, of which we have restored to its previous glory.
Andrew Scott was tasked with improving the park infrastructure and to improve the park amenities and also including a new cafe area.
Refurbished and alterations the existing park pavilion, which has opened as a tea room
Refurbished and alterations to the Dylan Thomas shelter to be used as a performance space
Refurbished and extended the existing toilet block
Repaired and refurbished the park entrances, stonework, iron works and park railings
Repaired and installed new drainage
Repaired / renew footpaths and service roads
Stream and pond alterations, inclusion of water features
Installation of new seating areas
Asbestos removal
Improved signage
New play areas/playground
Surfaced of the multi-use games area
Painted new and existing structures
Hard and soft landscaping

Some key Victorian features were also restored such as entrances, railings, a water feature, the bowls pavilion and in addition to these restorations modern facilities are being incorporated.
Care was paramount throughout the project because of the listed status of the park; any new additions had to be in keeping with the listed status of the buildings. Various environmentally friendly enhancements have been included as possible, in line with the current conservation guidelines and legislation.
Health and safety was key as the surrounding environment of the site is made up of mainly private residential housing with some of the rear gardens joining onto the park/site boundaries, also our works were undertaken in a live environment, and we received no complaints from the public, we also registered the project as a Considerate Contractors scheme.
There were various environmental considerations, where all waste was recycled on-site, consideration for working near watercourses as well as providing a temporary pond for the newts identified by the ecologists.
We programmed activities around the community needs, i.e. they were able to maintain use of the football field throughout the summer/winter period and stage other community events.

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Value £1M
Architect CITY & COUNTY OF SWANSEA COUNCIL
Surveyors City & County of Swansea Council
Engineers City & County of Swansea Council
Start Date 0000-00-00
Contract Period 37 Weeks
Form of Contract JCT Intermediate Building Contract