Hurst Grange Park-Lancashire

HMS was requested to install decorative Decra®Stone resin bonded paving for Hurst Grange Park-Lancashire. Read more about this project.
Hurst Grange Park - Lancashire

Hurst Grange Park-Lancashire is one of the boroughs of South Ribble’s three major parks. The largest park in Penwortham, it’s located between Hill Road and Cop Lane, Preston. The former estate of Hurst Grange Mansion is now an attractive landscape of specimen trees, ponds, and wildflower meadows.

The site has retained a prestigious Green Flag Award every year since 2005.

A range of improvement works has begun within Hurst Grange Park-Lancashire that will further raise the quality of the site.

Works began in November 2020 to restore the park’s historic Coach House. Originally built in 1848 to accommodate the estate’s coach and horses in the north of the park, South Ribble BC is working in partnership with the Friends of Hurst Grange Park to refurbish the Coach House to provide a range of visitor facilities and events space.

Funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Council, and the Lancashire Environmental Fund along with funds raised by the Friends group from events and public donations have allowed the project to proceed with building works beginning in November 2020 and was due originally for completion in summer 2021.

HMS Scope of Works

Following extensive tarmac resurfacing of the footpaths around the coach house and the decorative garden and planting areas to the rear, HMS were requested to install decorative Decra®Stone resin bonded paving in a number of contrasting colours and textures throughout the project.

The works predominantly consisted of our ever popular 2-4mm Amber Gold aggregate; favoured by many heritage and park sites across the UK including the Royal Parks in Central London and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

To correspond with this, and to help the design come alive, Silver Blue, Ocean Grey and Natural Warm Red resin bonded gravel were applied to the decorative snaking footpath to the back of the building.

Using the highest quality binders and naturally sourced aggregates from across the UK, the neutral tones of our materials add contrast to the architect’s design whilst remaining in keeping with the historic location. Works were completed over a three-day period despite some unfortunate weather along the way!

Designed to last in excess of 20 years and with very little maintenance required, we’re confident that our resin bonded Decra®Stone product will be looking great at the Coach House for many years to come.

History of Hurst Grange Park

Hurst Grange was created as the estate of a Lancashire judge, William Adam Hulton, who built a large house including a coach house and stables buildings and laid out the landscaped parkland in 1848. At this time Penwortham was attracting many wealthy residents preferring to live in rural settings away from the smoke, noise, and bustle of the rapidly industrialising town of Preston and led to the construction of many genteel high-quality residences which continue to contribute to the area’s character today.

It appears that after several changes of ownership, the Grange was unoccupied for a number of years with the estate’s Coachman at the time, William Ravenscroft, resident in the gate lodge and acting as caretaker.  In 1936 the Preston Rural District Council began the process of purchasing an area of land as an area of public green space that now forms part of the park.  The following year an assessment of the Grange is recorded as finding it in poor repair and by May 1938 the building had sadly been demolished.

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