Wilton Lodge Park Regeneration project update

Blue and yellow bandstand in park land

Published: Thursday, 17th November 2016

The £3.64million Wilton Lodge Park Regeneration project continues to progress well as winter approaches.

Improvements to the cycle ways and work on the new café and bridge will continue into the new year.

Gilbert Davidson Fountain

Landscaping around the Gilbert Davidson Fountain begins next week, with P1 Contracts – who previously carried out the walled garden improvements last year and the outdoor classroom - being awarded the contract.

These works will be completed by the end of 2016, weather permitting, and will be followed by restoration of the fountain.  The award of the fountain restoration contract as well as the refurbishment of the park’s entrance gates will be announced in early 2017.

How visible is the park?

The project team has also met with the Wilton Lodge Park Stakeholder Group to discuss visibility of the park from the main A7 road.

Both the project team and stakeholder group agreed that it was essential to attract passing visitors to the park by maintaining visibility of the attractions. As a result, it was decided to remove 10 trees, three of which were already showing signs of disease.

The project team is looking at opportunities to commission a further sculpture or reuse the timber within the park.

Footpath/cycleway improvements

In addition, the improvements to the footpath/cycleway within the park continues and includes the provision of lighting between the café and Wilton Park Road.

As part of these works, one dead tree has been earmarked for removal in order to protect public safety and removal of lower branches from some trees is required to adequate illumination of the new footway/cycleway.

The majority of works are due to be completed by April 2017, a year ahead of the overall project completion date of April 2018.

The Wilton Lodge Park Regeneration project is funded by us and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“The regeneration project has already delivered a number of improvements to Wilton Lodge Park, including a new bandstand, walled garden, outdoor classroom, waterfall walk, improvements to Hawick Museum and full summer events programme.

“Despite now heading into winter, there is still plenty of activity in the park as we head towards completion of the regeneration project.

"The improved walled garden has been a major asset to the park and I am pleased to hear the same company will be carrying out the landscaping works at the Gilbert Davidson Fountain.

“While it is unfortunate that a small number of trees have to be removed, it is necessary in order for the park to fully meet its potential as a significant tourist attraction for Hawick and the Borders.”

Other developments in park

  • Café, bridge and playpark - Work began on the new café, bridge and play-park in October, with contractors ESH Border Construction (café and bridge) and Wickstead (play-park) starting at the same time to ensure both works are fully co-ordinated and ready to open ahead of the April 2017 target. ESH is also working closely with Malcolm Construction, which is constructing the Hawick 3G pitch in nearby Volunteer Park, in order to allow the installation of the bridge to take place as smoothly as possible.
  • Cycle paths - SUSTRANS have provided £100,000 to improve the surface of footways, lighting and signage, along with a further £20,000 from Smarter Choices, Smarter Placed fund to promote cycling.