Cassiobury Park Hub has been shortlisted for the prestigious RICS Awards 2019, which celebrates the most innovative building and construction projects in the UK and their impact on local communities..
Cassiobury Park Hub has been shortlisted for the prestigious RICS Awards 2019, which celebrates the most innovative building and construction projects in the UK and their impact on local communities.
Set in one of the top 10 parks in the UK, the hub has been shortlisted in the Community Benefit category for the East of England which recognises “outstanding achievement in providing a facility which directly benefits the local community”.
Completed by Watford Borough Council and partners in 2017, with £6m of funding (£5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, and £1.6m from the council), the hub brings together community facilities and groups under one roof, featuring a café, education space, paddling pools and an exhibition room.
The hub has already been recognised for its outstanding sustainable design and construction, winning the Most Sustainable Construction Award and Project of the Year Award at the Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards in 2018.
Other accolades include the Landscape Institute 2018 award for best heritage and conservation project, and Horticulture Week’s best parks restoration/development project. The Hub is also a finalist at the Civic Trust Awards 2019.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “I’m pleased that the Cassiobury Hub has been recognised once again, in what’s been an incredible year for the park. The Hub provides a great civic space where people of all ages can come together and enjoy. In 2018, a record breaking 1.2 million people used these facilities. The park really is one of the jewels in Watford’s crown.”
The RICS Awards 2019 (East of England) take place at a ceremony in The Apex, Bury on Wednesday 15 May.