Beckenham Place Park
Plans for renewal
Display of plans for Beckenham Place Mansion at visitor centre
2pm-4pm Sunday 13 March
A plan to restore many heritage features of Beckenham Place Park and make it more attractive to a wide range of local and regional visitors has received £4.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery.
The restoration plans are likely to see the reinstatement of the original lake and an events space. The funding will support a three-year project that will first see detailed plans for the park worked up and then around 18 months’ work on site meaning residents will be able to enjoy the new park in 2017.
Beckenham Place Park is almost 30% bigger than Greenwich Park and contains four listed buildings – the mansion, Homesteads and gatehouses.
While the funding can be used for park-wide restoration works, gardens, visitor centres and recreational features, the Council will be seeking other options to restore the Mansion House, which requires an estimated £3m.
The Council will consult current users of the park and the wider public as it develops more detailed plans for future use.
Key to proposed works
- Existing path upgrades to support shared use for cycling and walking plus additional parkland paths.
- Restoration of 18th century parkland landscaping as setting to south of the Mansion House.
- Beckenham Place Mansion: landscape setting to be restored with existing main car park returned to grass.
- Proposed new car park: opposite the Homesteads buildings.
- Existing poor quality tennis courts removed and area restored to walled kitchen garden.
- Formal gardens restored.
- The Homesteads: restore the stable block and 18th century courtyard, to create a new activity hub including café, toilets and an environmental education centre.
- Restored pleasure grounds and with play facilities.
- Restored 18th century lake and willow woodland habitat with boardwalks.
- Existing park storage/depot area: cleared and restored to parkland.
- Ash plantation: extensive tree management with clearance and appropriate planting (species to be determined).
- Possible BMX tracks.
- Elements of adventure play: along areas of redirected river course.
- Old Bromley Road playground: replace, relocate and enhance.
- Old Bromley Road car park: reduce footprint, improve surfacing and screen planting.
- Old Bromley Road: new kiosk/WC block