Agenda item

Gateway Projects - East Heath Car Park, Peggy Jay Centre and Adventure Playground Outdoor Play Facilities and The Hive

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.


The Committee discussed a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath informing them of three proposed capital projects, that subject to funding would be implemented 2017/18.


East Heath Car Park

The Superintendent reported that the loose material on the East Heath Car Park presented a potential Health and Safety risk particularly during heavy rainfall. Temporary mitigation measures were in place; however a permanent solution was now sought. An initial quote of £330,000 had been obtained; it was hoped that a competitive tendering exercise would reduce the cost. In response to a query from a Member it was confirmed that the asphalt would be a natural colour.


The Hive

The Hive had been partially converted as part of the Wild about Hampstead Heath Project. The space was currently used by the bike outreach programme and the Learning Team. It was proposed that the unused football changing rooms be converted to create two indoor learning spaces along with creating an outdoor learning space. It was confirmed that sustainability would be the key aspect of the design.


Peggy Jay Centre and Adventure Playground

The playground equipment needed replacing and it was proposed that the new equipment focused on natural play to better align with the Learning Team’s objectives for integrating play and learning as well as enhancing links with community groups. A Member commented that the playground at Kew Gardens was reported as a good example of play based learning.


Members were supportive of the three proposed projects.


RESOLVED  That the report be noted, and that the views of the Committee are conveyed to the Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park Committee.


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