Work starts on £500,000 new cafe at Moss Bank Park

The Bolton News: Mike Castree, contractor and Andy King architect, discuss the new cafe plans at Moss Bank Park Mike Castree, contractor and Andy King architect, discuss the new cafe plans at Moss Bank Park

WORK has begun on a new £500,000 cafe at Moss Bank Park.

The building will be on the site of the old cafe which was destroyed by a fire in 2009.

Plans have been made for a 50- seater cafe as well as a kitchen, serving area, toilets and an outdoor seating space.

Work is expected to be completed in late spring and Bolton Council hopes to officially open the cafe this summer.

The funding from the cafe has been found from insurance money from the previous building as well as a contribution from a £2 million programme to invest in parks, green space and recreational facilities around Bolton.

That investment programme will also see the council spending money on playing fields, the refurbishing of tennis courts and games areas as well as funding cycle trails and the creation of Bolton’s first outdoor gym.

The cafe in Moss Bank Park will be bigger than the previous building and is moving location slightly so it can also act as the pedestrian entrance to the Hive — a community wildlife project run by the Wildlife Trust in the park.

Cllr John Byrne, cabinet member for neighbourhood and community services, said: “It’s brilliant that work has started on this new cafe, which will provide a place for visitors to stop for a coffee and chat, or even for lunch.

“It will be situated close to the popular children’s play area and also close to The Hive, where children can learn about nature and growing things, so we hope it will be well used by the local community and also by visitors to the park.”

The new cafe has been designed by Bolton architects Bradshaw Gass and Hope and is being built by North West building firm Jackson and Jackson.

Andy King from Bradshaw Gass and Hope said: “We are really pleased to be involved with this project.

“We have been operating for over 150 years and are always keen to support local re-development and to work closely with Bolton Council. I’m sure this facility will help the park in a really positive way.”

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1:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Phil from Smithills says...

The cost of the new café seems a little bit expensive at £500.000, considering the council own the land & only building costs and furnishings will be needed..The council wanted to spend £600.000 on a front door for the new revamped open market.

The plus side is that the council are giving a much needed attraction to Moss Bank Park with a café, in view of their closure of Butterfly World.
The cost of the new café seems a little bit expensive at £500.000, considering the council own the land & only building costs and furnishings will be needed..The council wanted to spend £600.000 on a front door for the new revamped open market. The plus side is that the council are giving a much needed attraction to Moss Bank Park with a café, in view of their closure of Butterfly World. Phil from Smithills

2:10pm Mon 3 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Would there be a Election coming up by any chance ?.
Would there be a Election coming up by any chance ?. thomas222

7:59pm Mon 3 Feb 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

WHY? They could have spent the money on animal world and just let take away vans and ice cream do catering and take a commission which would help pay to run animal world does nobody at Bolton council have any ideas
WHY? They could have spent the money on animal world and just let take away vans and ice cream do catering and take a commission which would help pay to run animal world does nobody at Bolton council have any ideas steverock6@sky.com

8:29pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Andy Higham says...

This is another example of council wrong priorities.
Close animal world = less visitors to the park
New cafe = just something for the council to show off about, It doesn't matter if it has no customers
£500,000 is a lot of money for a cafe, especially for a council who is always moaning about being skint
This is another example of council wrong priorities. Close animal world = less visitors to the park New cafe = just something for the council to show off about, It doesn't matter if it has no customers £500,000 is a lot of money for a cafe, especially for a council who is always moaning about being skint Andy Higham

10:59pm Mon 3 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Andy Higham wrote:
This is another example of council wrong priorities. Close animal world = less visitors to the park New cafe = just something for the council to show off about, It doesn't matter if it has no customers £500,000 is a lot of money for a cafe, especially for a council who is always moaning about being skint
There is a election coming up.... Oh dear they must be scared.
[quote][p][bold]Andy Higham[/bold] wrote: This is another example of council wrong priorities. Close animal world = less visitors to the park New cafe = just something for the council to show off about, It doesn't matter if it has no customers £500,000 is a lot of money for a cafe, especially for a council who is always moaning about being skint[/p][/quote]There is a election coming up.... Oh dear they must be scared. thomas222

8:38am Tue 4 Feb 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

Something useful at last - last time we went no loos and soup from a van - not too great with the kids.

Will definitely go down and give it a go when it's done - all we need now is for the Rose garden to open (rather than being locked up most of the time)

500 does seem a bit on the high side though to be honest - is that really the cheapest tender they had in???
Something useful at last - last time we went no loos and soup from a van - not too great with the kids. Will definitely go down and give it a go when it's done - all we need now is for the Rose garden to open (rather than being locked up most of the time) 500 does seem a bit on the high side though to be honest - is that really the cheapest tender they had in??? Boltonresident2012

6:54pm Thu 6 Feb 14

sallyupsteps says...

Why could the place not have a license, then the park would have more users in the evening when most of the vandalism occurs. But a proper restaurant not some up market burger bar.
Why could the place not have a license, then the park would have more users in the evening when most of the vandalism occurs. But a proper restaurant not some up market burger bar. sallyupsteps

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