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Harlow College students help re-fresh Town Park

Lifestyle / Wed 9th Dec 2015 at 01:24pm

Harlow College ParkDURING the past year large areas of the park have been landscaped and refreshed, while Pets’ Corner recently reopened after undergoing a major refurbishment.

Spurriers House is also scheduled for a facelift with the provision of new ground floor café in the spring of next year.

As part of the regeneration programme – which is partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – construction students from the college have been taking part on work placements to help with the improvements.

Tom Stokes, the college’s assistant academy manager for construction, said: “It has been amazing to see how well our students have worked while on placement.

“This has, I’m sure, played a massive part in the development of these young people and given them a real insight into working life. I can’t thank Harlow Council enough for this opportunity and I hope we have the chance to work closely together in future projects.”

College principal Karen Spencer said: “We are very proud of our construction students who have been renovating our Town Park. Firstly, it is brilliant for them to have real work experience and, secondly, there has been a great team ethic.

“It’s a fantastic community project that benefits the whole of Harlow and beyond.”

In addition, students on the college’s Level 2 graphic design course have been working with the Town Park team to create new signage and designs to reflect the changes.

Councillor Tony Durcan, Harlow Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration & enterprise, said: “Our team were very impressed. Over 20 designs were submitted and we’ll certainly be looking to commission some of those designs within our activity budget.”

He added: “The work the college students have done has really helped us, including painting the inside of the bandstand and creating a horticultural space in the walled garden, which we hope will be enjoyed by the local community, including people with disabilities.

“Having the students onsite has really pushed the project forward. Working on the paving slabs around the walled garden was really hard work, but the transformation was wonderful. It’s made the site so much useable, we’re so grateful.”

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