Work begins on new visitor conservatory at Golden Acre Park

Caption: The new conservatory at the Golden Acre Park café when opened, will provide seating for an extra 40 people.

Work has now started on the refurbishment of a popular visitor café located in Golden Acre Park.

As part of the revamp, a new conservatory will be added to the upper level of the existing Bakery Café, through the scheme, which overseen by Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside department, includes funding of over £100,000 being provided from a sponsorship agreement with local company Franklin Windows Ltd. Support is also being provided by Mone Bros Ltd, who are supplying all of the building materials for the conservatory.

When completed, the conservatory will offer seating on the upper patio level of the café for 40 extra people, taking the capacity to 86 people who can be catered for indoors.

Also included in the project are proposals for a new ‘Changing Places’ toilet extension, which suitable for people with disabilities and providing a baby changing space, has been funded by £45,000 from the council’s adult social care service, with an additional £28,000 being committed by the council for materials and other costs.

During the refurbishment which is expected to last 10 weeks, the café or kiosk will remain open to the public but will offer a restricted service.

For more information on Golden Acre Park, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/Golden-Acre-Park.aspx

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment said:

"Golden Acre Park remains an extremely popular place for people of all ages in our city to visit, and we are delighted to be moving forward with Franklin Windows Ltd on the construction of a new conservatory at the café.

"Providing additional seating for 40 people on a new upper tier at the café, once completed this conservatory will add another dimension to the views of the park and be somewhere extremely relaxing to enjoy a drink and have something to eat.

"We will also be introducing a new toilet extension at the café, providing excellent facilities for people with disabilities and baby changing facilities that promises to be absolutely fantastic."

Josh Franklin, owner and managing director of Franklin Windows said:

"We at Franklin Windows Ltd are thrilled the project has now officially started. We are looking forward to transforming the Bakery Café with a new conservatory."

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