CFP were commissioned by Watford Borough Council to support the restoration of Cassiobury Park. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with Land Use Consultants and Knox Bhavan Architects, we helped to develop the Round 2 project proposals for the £6.6 million project. Having also worked on the Round 1 application, CFP led on the consultation and engagement strategy and co-ordinated the delivery of all consultation activities around the capital proposals and revenue activities. CFP also produced the Activity & Business Plan for this significant project
We co-ordinated and delivered a range of consultation events and workshops throughout the programme to address specific design issues and to inform the business case for the extension of the park café and the development of the new park hub, a 400 square metre visitor centre and community space linked to the paddling pools and play area.
CFP worked with Council’s service providers and partners to explore the requirements of the new facilities and also engaged with other organisations and potential users for the building in order to establish the feasibility and viability of the proposals.
The development of a business plan for the whole park considered wider issues such as income generation and measures to manage car parking. For the park hub, the business plan considered the potential use of micro-hydro electricity generation on the River Gade which runs through the park to be used to offset power consumption of the building.
The project Activity Plan had strong links with the Business Plan. Through the production and development of the Activity Plan, CFP worked with West Herts College to deliver a visitor survey and visitor observation study which will provided baseline data about park use and visitor satisfaction as well as informing the capital proposals, events and activities. The proposals for the Activity Plan were developed with project staff, the community park ranger and the project officer and consideration was given to how we could better link and promote the park to town centre visitors.