Swadlincote Urban Park is an essential component of the Cadley Park Masterplan. The new 5.1 hectare park, located between Cadley Village housing complex and the golf course, forms part of the larger 200-acre Masterplan and was once known as Cadley Hill Colliery. The project, managed by Turner + Townsend, has resulted in a transformative urban development for the area.
As part of our work we assisted the client, South Derbyshire District Council, with successful funding bids to British Cycling and Sport England. The park places a lot of emphasis on cycling, and with features including a pump track, a 1.14-kilometer family bike path, and a specific learn-to-ride zone, it offers an engaging experience for everyone. The pump track design is establishing itself as a major draw for both locals and visitors.
The project will significantly increase biodiversity on the former landfill site and offer vital access points into and out of Swadlincote to service nearby residential areas including access from a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over a small river.
In order to maximise ecological value over the 4.8ha site, we developed areas of large meadow seeding and forest planting with a varied range of species. Trees have been planted throughout, along with seating areas and vibrant perennial planting.