Duthie Park HLF Restoration Project

Duthie Park Restoration Project Timetable

The Duthie Park restoration project was divided into three stages outlined as follows:

Stage 1: The production and submission of a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Parks for People’    Stage 1 grant application. Originally submitted March 2007 and re-submitted March 2008 – pass decision announced April 2009.

Stage 2: (Phase 1 Development): The production and submission of a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Parks for People’ Stage 2 grant application (submission 31 August 2010: decision 15 December 2010)

Stage 3: (Phase 2 Delivery): The production of all documentation, detailed design for planning and preparation of works tenders ( 1 January 2011 – 30 June 2011) Construction to practical completion (1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012) Official re-opening of Park – 30th June 2013.

The Works comprised:

Area 1: Boundary Walls and Railings

  1. North East Entrance: Replace missing cast-iron railings.
  2. East Boundary Wall: Re-point and repair locally.
  3. South East Gateway: Re-point.
  4. South Boundary Wall: Re-build and repair walls to the historic detail, using stone and cast iron railings.  Retain the existing vehicular exit and the lowered walls within the sightlines.
  5. West Boundary and West Gateway (the Great Southern Road boundary): Repair generally.

Area 2: The Linked Lakes and Stone Shelter

  1. Work to existing trees: Remove small, or self sown trees and shrubs from the dams and the lake edges.  Retain all trees which are part of the original design.  Remove the lower branches from the copper beech on the boating pond island (to facilitate restoration of the original rockwork).
  2. The Three Linked Lakes: Re-surface and rebuild edges and walls.  Remove the boating hut.  Remove trees from dams and replace historic rockwork.  Replace sluice gates.  Install a water re-circulation system and a SUDS water collection system around the lakes.  Restore the stone shelter to its original design.

Area 3: The Riverside Component and Promenade Embankment

  1. Embankment below the Promenade: Restore the lost terrace footpath and seating area (for restoring the views of the river Dee).
  2. The riverside component between the rectangular model boating pond and the South boundary:  Reduce the width of the road and remove the parking spaces (retain the main car park area between the play area and the South-East entrance). Re-surface and line the car park. Restore the historic plantings of shrub beds and annual bedding.
  3. Duthie Fountain: Restore to working order.  Restore the original setting with paths and stone steps.

Area 4: The Bowling Green and Hygia Monument Area including the Pavilion and the 1920’s Rockery

  1. Repair the Bowling Green Pavilion externally and re-fit internally for use by the ranger and voluntary groups.
  2. Restore the 1920’s Rock Garden by the Bowling Green.
  3. Convert the derelict tennis courts area into a model garden area.
  4. The Bowling Green: Convert to nursery play or demonstration lawn maintenance function.
  5. The Hygeia Monument: Restore the original paving and planting setting.

Area 5: The Mound

  1. Restore the Mound to its original shape.  Including the stepped feature and flagpole at the top.
  2. Plant a screen to the maintenance yard behind the Winter Gardens.


  1. Re-surface footpaths and drives.
  2. Minor works to monuments throughout the park: repairs to the Temperance Drinking Fountain setting (not for drinking water); replace missing stone urns; repair the Spring Drinking Fountain (stonework only, not for drinking water) re-locate the ornamental railings and open up the edges of the Parade Ground opposite the Winter Gardens entrance.
  3. Park Seats: restore the remaining originals and replace all other types of seats with reproductions of the originals.
  4. Tree work: Retain all trees except for the small self sown ones around the Linked Lakes.  Survey the condition of the trees.  Carry our arboricultural works to any unsafe trees.  Replace additional ‘lost’ trees in accordance with the original layout.
  5. Erect interpretation boards throughout the park.

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