Work on much awaited café begins

Work has started on the new Central Park cafe.

The café will be one of the flagship projects of the overall Central Park improvements project, located adjacent to the clock tower, at the busiest and most visible point of the park.

It will overlook the recently re-opened Play Space, and will be in easy reach of the Community Sports Hub.

The café will be built by contractors South West Highways and weather permitting, is expected to be complete in time for summer 2019.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment, was on site on Tuesday to watch as work began in earnest.

Councillor Dann said: “We have worked very hard to get to this stage of the project and so I am very pleased to see the first spades in the ground today.

“This café will not only offer an opportunity to relax and refuel within sight of the Play Space, but will provide much needed toilets, free for everyone to use.

How the new Central Park Café could look
An artists impression of the new Central Park Café, provided by Erect Architecture.

“I look forward to my first cup of tea and slice of cake in the finished café!”

The new café will have an ample outdoor seating area providing extra capacity in better weather.

Designed by Erect Architecture, the café will have a grass roof, a large amount of glazing and canopy-covered external seating area. The high-quality design aims to reflect and take advantage of the natural landscape and stunning views in the park, enhanced by LDA Landscaping. It will also provide toilets free of charge for all park users during opening hours.

It will be an ideal spot for all ages and provide a base for families to enjoy refreshments while being able to watch children playing.

More details on the Council’s plans for Central Park can be found here: