Sheffield’s Pound’s Park opens
Henry Boot Construction has completed the main phase of work on Pound’s Park in Sheffield city centre for the council.
The landmark park was handed over to Sheffield City Council and opened this week in time for the Easter weekend and school holidays.
Named after Sheffield’s first chief fire officer, Superintendent John Charles Pound, the park, designed by Planit-IE, is located on the former fire station site between Rockingham Street, Wellington Street and Carver Street, and will offer a multitude of experiences, including spaces for play, relaxation and socialising.
The 60,000 sq ft space was developed with families in mind and boasts a significant children’s playground at its heart.
The playground includes two large pyramid towers – the tallest at 11 metres – with stainless steel slides, climbing structures, playhouses, a seesaw, wheelchair-accessible play equipment and more.
Another feature, which involved careful installation from the Henry Boot team, is a unique three-by-eight-metre climbing boulder, reminiscent of a Peak District rockface. The boulder is designed to include multiple natural-looking hand- and foot-holds and be suitable for would-be climbers of all abilities.
Henry Boot will be back on site later this month to facilitate some final utility work that will enable the water play features, lighting and accessible WCs to open to the public.
Tony Shaw, managing director of Henry Boot Construction, said: “We are extremely proud to announce the completion of Pound’s Park and hand it back to Sheffield City Council. It’s been a real team effort to get it ready in time for the public to enjoy this Easter.”
Henry Boot is also working on Kangaroo Works, a major residential development, and the Elshaw House office project in the city.