Client: Watford Borough Council
Contractor: Borras Construction
Architect: Knox Bhavan Architect LLP
Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
Date: September 2016
Project Type: Design & Supply
Cassiobury Park is Watford’s largest open space at 190 acres of land which attracts around 2 million visitors a year.
The restoration project was made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery. The proposal for the project was to restore the historic value of the park, which would include:
- Restoration of and improvements to the entrances to the park;
- Demolition of the existing structures around the paddling pools and the erection of a park hub building with café, community and exhibition room, education facilities, toilets and changing facilities;
- Improvements to the paddling pools;
- Extension and improvement of the Cha Cha Cha café;
- Relocation of the historic bandstand from its current position in front of the Town Hall to its original position in the park.
Enviromesh were contacted by Borras construction at tender stage to offer design assistance and supply of the gabion baskets. The objective for the gabion baskets was to assist on the design of cladding structures to reinforced concrete walls.
Trapezoidal gabions present a challenge when required to reduce in height over the length of the wall. To achieve this the top unit had to be made as a standard perpendicular gabion rather than trapezoidal in section so that a constant width at the top could be achieved. Custom made trapezoidal panels were provided for the front and rear faces to achieve the sloping top.
Services provided by Enviromesh
- Preliminary discussions and consultation
- Full detailed design for the gabion cladding and post-supported walls
- Manufacture and material supply
- On-site technical and installation consultations throughout
Project Build Components
- Bi-axial welded mesh gabion baskets: Galfan coated
75mm × 75mm welded mesh gabions (4mm/5mm wire diameter)
- Supporting wind posts & Fixings