West Smethwick Park

West Smethwick Park is historically important to both Sandwell and the region. It was donated in its entirety in 1895 by James Timmins Chance, of Chance Brothers Glassworks, Spon Lane, Smethwick, world leaders in glass technology at the time.

With the park suffering decline over the years, Urban Design, alongside their client Parks and Countryside Services, submitted a Round 1 bid to the HLF for funding to develop park restoration proposals. Not only was the bid successful, but the Urban Design team was also chosen, against national competition, to carry out this work.

A ‘Round 2’ bid was submitted in February 2017 which, after meeting further conditions, was approved in June 2018.

Redevelopment of the park began on site in 2019, but a cash crisis emerged after specialist contractors ‘Stone Edge’ went into administration in January 2020. Fortunately, Sandwell Council’s cabinet agreed to provide extra cash to ensure the £5.2 million refurbishment of the historic parkland went ahead. Work started early in 2021 and was completed in Autumn 2022.

Project details:

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG) application for £4.5 million, under the Parks for People Programme. Sandwell Council has contributed further funding, giving a total restoration budget of £5.2 million.

Main Design Elements:

  • A new split-level community pavilion and outdoor events space to replace the original refreshment rooms lost in the 1980’s. This will bring the community focus back into the centre of the park, and will accommodate a cafe, meeting area, toilets, exhibition space and a large studio for dance or exercise. An outdoor performance space will be directly accessible from the lower level.
  • Restoration of the historic features, including the Grade II listed James Chance Memorial, Drinking Fountain, Airmen’s Memorial, Entrance Gateways – West Park Road & Victoria Road
  • Pool improvements
  • Tree and planting work
  • Restored footpaths
  • New seating, bins, signage and lighting
  • New fitness equipment

Take a look at our “Walkthrough”

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