Work will start soon on a new community facility in Queens Park, after Bolton Council approved the appointment of a contractor to construct the building.
The council has approved the appointment of Colbre Projects from Rossendale to carry out the work, which includes the restoration of the existing Grade II listed lodge, as well as construction of a new build pavilion and courtyard.
The old lodge will be used as a community hub by partners such as the police, whilst the new single storey community building will house toilets, flexible meeting spaces and a cafe. The council is currently looking for community businesses and social enterprises interested in the running of this cafe.
The £800,000 cost for the construction of the new facility will be covered by the £4.3m which the council received from the Lottery Fund in 2009 for the redevelopment of Queens Park.
Work already completed on the park includes the restoration of Dobson Bridge and the dredging and refilling of the lakes, as well as reinstalling of the hooped fencing around the lakes common in Victorian times.
Work is also underway on the relocation of the playground to another site in the park. The new playground will be larger than the previous one and will feature all new equipment, including equipment for children with special needs.
Future work also includes new railings at the park entrances, new entrance gates at Chorley New Road, a new car park, the reinstatement of a decorative Victorian fountain and the creation of a World Garden which will provide a venue for art installations, cultural events and small scale performances.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer said: “We are delighted that work will be starting soon/has started on the next phase of the redevelopment of Queens Park. This new community building will provide a perfect opportunity for a local company to get involved and launch a much needed cafe in the park, whilst the flexible meeting spaces can be used for everything from regular meetings for community groups to special events and functions such as christenings and birthday parties."