Vision Redbridge are considering the submission of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for Hainault Forest Country Park. Jon Sheaff and Assocaites have been successful in their bid to develop a new masterplan for the site and a linked business plan that will consider ways in which proposals for buildings and landscape will support the overall business case for the site and the forthcoming funding application.
Hainault Forest Country Park is an extensive ‘edge of London’ landscape and an extremely popular local destination, attracting over half a million visitors every year. The Children’s Zoo is a principal attraction but extensive areas of grassland, woodland and open water offer a range of leisure options. The site includes a number of buildings, most of which are in a poor state of repair and which fail to reinforce the lesiure offer.
The masterplan will focus on establishing stronger linkages between building uses and the surrounding landscape and on the creation of a range of leisure offers that will support Vision Redbridge’s business strategy for the park. Jon Sheaff and Associates have assembled a strong team to develop proposals, including Thomas Ford and Partners, the Potter Raper Partnership and Counter Culture. The masterplan will be developed over the latter half of 2015 with a projected submission to the HLF for funding in December.
Jon Sheaff’s Elsie Josland commented: ‘Working on a new masterplan for Hainault Forest Country Park will give us an oportunity to develop landscape thinking on a major scale. We’re looking forward to working with Vision to develop a unique visitor attraction that will be valued by local residents and the wider population of the hinterland.’