South East Galvanizers is helping to build bridges as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment at a popular public park.
The Witham-based plant has provided its hot dip galvanizing services to 27 tonnes of steel used to create a new boardwalk that will form a centrepiece of the £6 million transformation of Burgess Park in Southwark, South London.
The steel was used by lake and reservoir engineering specialists Miles Waterscapes to construct a 74 metre long, 2.5 metre wide pedestrian pathway that will run over a realigned lake at the park when the overhaul is completed later this summer.
“Galvanizing the steelwork we used to build the boardwalk will ensure the structure is protected against rusting and corrosion caused by both the natural elements and general wear and tear,” Bryan Rainbow, of Bury St Edmunds-based Miles Waterscapes, explained. “Thanks to the swift turnaround from the team at South East Galvanizers, we were able to carry out our part of the project to meet extremely tight deadlines.”
“This has been a great project for us to be involved with,” Neil Pearson, Commercial Manager of South East Galvanizers, commented. “Looking at the plans for the revamped Burgess Park, it’s clear that the local community will soon have a modern facility to be proud of, and we hope the open spaces, sports and recreation facilities, and beautiful landscapes are enjoyed by generations to come.”
The boardwalk building project is part of ambitious £6 million plans to modernise the 113 acre facility, which is one of the largest public parks in South London. The scheme has been backed with £2 million support from Mayor of London Boris Johnson, along with a £4 million grant from the Aylesbury New Deal for Communities.
As well as the new boardwalk, the revamp will see the creation of two new wetland habitats and a redesigned lake, the building of an over-fives children’s playground, and the construction of a new lawn and wildlife garden, St George’s Garden, to sit alongside the existing Chumleigh Gardens. In addition, more than 90,000 new plants and 160 extra trees will also be planted.