Flagship Park Gets Even Greener
Press Release Date: 14 February 2012
Stamford Park is to become one of Tameside’s greenest spaces - and not just because of its flagship gardens.
A package of eco features have been built into the ongoing £5m restoration of the historic Stalybridge park, to reduce its carbon footprint and make it more sustainable for the future.
The green makeover includes a state-of-the-art ground source heating pump (GSHP) for the new pavilion. This means the building will be heated using latent heat in the ground without the need for using gas - which will have considerable benefits both environmentally and financially.
The pavilion will also have infra red taps to save water as well as motion sensor lights to save electricity. While the new maintenance depot will include a harvesting tank to collect rain water - to be used for watering plants during times of drought and washing tools and equipment - as well as recycling and composting facilities.
The restoration, funded by a grant of £3.99 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) together with £1 million from Tameside Council, is due to be completed this summer. It aims to enhance the best features of the Victorian park while providing modern facilities.
Executive Member for Neighbourhoods Cllr Kevin Welsh said: “Sustainability has been a key feature of this project - which is about developing the park not just for now but for future generations - and I am pleased we have been able to include so many eco features as part of the restoration.”
Carbon Reduction Panel Chair Cllr Barrie Holland said: “The ground source heating pump is particularly exciting as visitors will be able to enjoy underfloor heating from a sustainable source - not only is this great news for the environment and our carbon footprint, it will also save money.”