BDN provided various structural engineering services for the renovations of Pearson Park, Hull, as part of the park’s £3.8 million National Lottery Heritage Fund restoration project. The structural work included a new bridge, bandstand, conservatory and upgrades to the roads.
The park’s 150-year-old Gateway arch, which has recently been awarded Listed status, was structurally inspected by our engineers, to assess the extent of the corrosion to the structure. As a result of the findings, work began to restore and repair the historic arch, reimposing traditional Victorian features utilising historical photographs and original drawings.
A structural survey and inspection of the park’s existing conservatory suggested demolition was the best option, therefore new foundations and drainage were created for the development of a new Victorian conservatory, to honor and replicate the original designs.
A new bandstand was also created, with the design foundations and sub-structures provided by BDN, to also replicate the historic designs.
CCTV surveys were provided for all drains, and reports were reviewed on drain conditions. As a result, specifications for drain repairs were provided.
We also provided structural design of abutments and foundations to install a new bridge over the lake. When the lake was drained, we also inspected and reported its condition.
The paths in the park were reviewed and specifications were provided for any necessary repairs. Surrounding highways were also reviewed, reviewing the drainage and providing designs and details of cross sections for repairs and reconstruction of the edges/verges.
The renovations of Pearson Park have successfully breathed new life into a key part of Hull’s heritage. By retaining many of the historic features, this well-loved communal area has now been restored into a stunning park for public use.