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Shaping the future for Beckenham Place Park

The park has huge potential to be a thriving park, a taste of the country in an urban environment, and to encourage thousands of people to get active and enjoy the outdoors.

In 2014, we submitted a stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the regeneration of Beckenham Place Park through the Parks for People programme.

The Heritage Lottery Fund's Parks for People programme is focused on getting more local people to use regenerated open spaces.

The HLF approved the bid and earmarked £4.9m to invest in Beckenham Place Park. We worked up designs for the park with local people and submitted our final stage 2 bid to the Fund in August 2016. We are now awaiting the final decision and, if the bid is successful, funding is expected to be released for the project in January 2017.

Plans for the park

If the bid is approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund, there are plans for many new sport and leisure activities including:

  • 5km running route within the park
  • trim trail
  • all weather and walking rails giving better access for those with limited mobility and for buggies
  • open water swimming
  • a new BMX track and better cycling facilities
  • enhanced skate park
  • lots of space for informal sports, eg football, cricket and rounders.

Other new and improved features and facilities include:

  • restored natural lake
  • wet woodland area
  • a new cafe in the restored listed stable block
  • new toilets in the east and west sides of the park
  • an education centre
  • a volunteering hub
  • two new children's play areas
  • an orchard
  • community food growing. 

Next steps

​Timing Activity​
​August 2016 ​Final proposal (stage 2 bid) submitted to Heritage Lottery Fund for approval
​December 2016 Results of stage 2 bid expected​
(if the bid is successful)
January 2017

​Secure funds from HLF

​January–summer 2017 ​Procurement and finalise detailed designs
​Autumn 2017 Tendering for works process begins
​Early 2018 ​Work begins in the park
Spring 2019​ ​Work is completed
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Get in touch with your views by emailing bpp@lewisham.gov.uk

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