The reopening of the park, which was due to take place in June, was postponed, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But on Monday 20 July, the fencing surrounding the park was removed and the park accessible to the public, with social distancing measures in place.
The redevelopment of Anchorsholme Park was a key community project as part of United Utilities’ work to change and upgrade the sewer network in the town, as part of the AMP6 contract. United Utilities appointed C2V+, a VolkerStevin and Jacobs joint venture, as one of four Construction Delivery Partners for AMP6. The AMP6 contract was a design and construct framework, which ran from 2015 to 2020, and covered the full spectrum of works for both water and wastewater across the North West England geographic area, for which United Utilities is responsible.
At Anchorsholme Park, C2V+ built a new underground storage tank and stormwater pumping station, as well as a new, longer outfall pipe to carry
wastewater further out to sea. When it rains heavily, the underwater tank will hold up to five Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of storm water, preventing it from entering local bathing waters untreated.
In addition, the new park also comprises tennis courts, an outdoor football area, netball and basketball courts, a café, as well as an outdoor amphitheatre, which is set to host performances and music events in the future, when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Sean McCallion, C2V+ framework director, said: “We are very proud of the work we’ve completed in partnership with United Utilities. Not only has the scheme offered a vital solution to maintaining better-quality bathing water along the Fylde coast, but has also given the local community and tourists a chance to enjoy the public areas. We’ve already received some great feedback from local residents, which is testament to the effort and hard work of the project team.”