Mote Park Restoration Project
BIG/Heritage Lottery Fund Bid
Gallagher, one of Kent’s best known
building contractors, is the main contractor for the Mote Park
The park is one of the largest in the
South East of England, with the scale and character of a country
park. Its proximity to the centre of Maidstone makes it a very
popular place for local
people as well as others from much
further away. The regeneration project has won funding from the
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) under
their Parks for People scheme.
Improvements have or will include:
- Formalising inner and outer path circuits.
- Main car park improvements - marking and planting shrubs and
- Improving the Boat House Area - installing a hard surface
- with new seating, tree planting and a new model boat
- Refurbishing the refreshment kiosk.
- Restoring the 1840s waterfall.
- Restoring the neoclassical Volunteers Pavilion dating from the
- Replacing the ramp and small bridge across the lake with a new
20m span timber and steel bridge.
- Improving access from Willington Street with car parking and a
natural play area for teenagers, and from School Lane with improved
parking, a separate pedestrian access and relocating the play
Timeline of events
2007 - Heritage Lottery Fund gives a grant of
£50,000 for the council to prepare the first stage of the lottery
September 2008 - Stage one of the application
submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People Scheme.
July 2009 – A grant of £124,900 awarded.
July 2010 – A second stage application
submitted following consultation with parks users and potential
September 2010 – A grant of £1,897,680 awarded
by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The total project cost is set at
£2,672,331 including a 25% contribution from the council.
October 2010 - Tender documents produced for
forestry and main contracts.
November 2010 – Alan Frith, Audience
Autumn 2011 - Work begins in Mote Park,
including construction of paths and the causeway over the lake.
Winter 2011 – Main car park construction,
Volunteers Pavilion, kiosk refurbishment, lake overflow remodeling,
boat house boulevard improvements, improvement to café area and new
School Lane and Willington Street visitor centres.
Spring 2012 – Restoration of historic
waterfall, installation of new bins, benches, signage and cycle
stands, and tree planting
Summer 2012 – Work due to be completed.