Work is set to start next month on the building of a new pavilion for one of Worcester’s most acclaimed parks.
The replacement Sons of Rest pavilion in Gheluvelt Park will, for the first time, provide a snack kiosk and toilet next to the Splashpad – one of Worcester’s most popular summertime destinations for children and families.
The project kicks off on 2 January, with the start of the demolition of the existing pavilion. Construction of the replacement building will start in the same week.
Councillor Alan Feeney, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council’s Environment Committee, said: “The Splashpad is loved by families across the city and beyond, but plenty of people have told us that it would be even better if you could buy food and drink nearby and use a toilet.
“I’m delighted to say the new Sons of Rest pavilion will give people exactly what they've been hoping for, and make a visit to the Splashpad in the warm summer months even more fun.”
The existing Sons of Rest pavilion in Gheluvelt Park
Gheluvelt has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of the consistently high marks visitors give it on the popular website. In 2015 it was placed in the top three best parks in the country in the national Fields in Trust awards.
The new pavilion is set to open in June. It will include a kiosk for the selling of take-away hot food, snacks and drinks; a multi-use community room with an adjoining kitchen and toilet with baby-changing facilities; plus five individual unisex toilets, including a disabled one with more baby-changing facilities.
While the demolition and building work takes place the adjoining park entrance from Lavender Road will be closed, and the site will be fenced off for the safety of the public.
The project is being managed on the City Council’s behalf by Place Partnership Ltd, who have appointed contractor Abbey and Lyndon to carry out the work.
The Council is committed to keeping residents in the area informed of progress on the scheme and will be giving them regular updates on the work as well as dealing with any issues that come up during the construction period.
Normal working hours on the site will be 8am-5pm Monday-Friday, although there may be occasional working on Saturdays.
Worcester City Council Green Space Team Supervisor Mark Worrall (right) handing the keys for the existing pavilion to David Auld (left), Director at Abbey & Lyndon
More about Sons of Rest
The Sons of Rest movement started in Birmingham in 1927 when a group of ‘industrial veterans’ met at Handsworth Park. Their first purpose-built building was erected in 1930 and the movement expanded to over 3,000 members in 29 parks. The Sons of Rest exist to promote social and leisure activities for men and women over the age of 60 who reside in the area. There are Sons of Rest buildings in Gheluvelt Park and Cripplegate Park, with the existing Gheluvelt pavilion built in 1953. At present there are 25 members of the Gheluvelt Sons of Rest club. The City Council is responsible for the internal and external fabric of the buildings and its insurance.