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Breaking the ground: New children’s building at Myatt’s Fields Park

Work is due to begin on a new children’s building and adult toilets in Myatt’s Fields Park on 25 January 2010.

Workmen will break the ground in a ceremony attended by Lambeth’s Mayor, Councillor Christopher Wellbelove, on 1 February.

The work is the latest investment in the much loved park in Kennington, which last year saw the completion of a £2.6million improvement project, and the park being given special ‘Green Flag’ status.

The two high quality, wood-clad buildings have been designed by Knox Bhavan architects to form a “family” of buildings in the park which match the Victorian bandstand and summerhouse.

The children’s building will be built next to the playground, and will include children’s toilets for the playground. It will house a main room for children’s use and a parent’s training room as well as a small kitchen and office for staff use, storage and toilets.

The high quality building is designed to be light and airy, and will be clad in wood with a covered area running across the front. Windows across the front of the building will push back to leave the main room open to the park during summer.

The design for the building was drawn up in consultation with local people and One O’Clock Club staff during a three day course organised by the Glasshouse Community Led Design.

The building will house the park’s One O’Clock Club as well as a range of other activities and services running from the morning to early evening, and has been funded by Lambeth Council and the Henry Smith Charity.

The adult toilets will be located in the depot area of the park.

Lindsay Avebury, chair of Myatt’s Fields Park Project Group, which has led the campaign for the new buildings, said: “The local community got together almost ten years ago and decided we must have a new One O’Clock Club.

“The old one was very cold in winter, and wasn’t big enough to hold the numbers that need to use it.

“We are delighted that work is going to begin on the building and look forward to all the wonderful activities that will be offered to local families.

“We are also very pleased that work will begin on the public toilets as this is a vital amenity for the park. By placing these in the depot area, they will be under supervision by park staff including the gardeners, park manager and development/education officer.”

Myatt’s Fields Park Project Group has worked closely with the council to transform the park over the past few years. Around £2.6 million has been invested, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Lambeth Council and a range of other organisations.

A brand new children’s play area and water park, a new nature conservation area, new cafe and renovated historic features including the bandstand and roundhouse are just some of the improvements that have resulted from the investment.

Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet member for Culture on Lambeth Council, said: “I have nothing but praise for Lindsay and everyone at Myatt’s Fields Park Project Group. The commitment they have shown to Myatt’s Field Park is an inspiration and proves how much can be achieved when the council and local people work together.”

“The transformation of Myatt’s Fields Park over the past few years has been spectacular and it is now a truly special green space that is much loved by many people.”

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