Design and delivery

The works required a professional specialist Landscape Architect Ashmead Price to provide detailed plans for each part of the works. 

Delivery of the works needed specialist contractors. The Landscape Architect and the contractors (Lost Art for the bandstand and idverde for the other works – renewing the paths, improved drainage, clearing of the riverbank and planting) had to be approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as a condition for its contribution. 

The total project cost was around £1.4 million. Of this, £1 million came from the Heritage Lottery Fund; the Friends raised over £100,000 locally, and the remainder was funded by WDC and community volunteer time, valued in kind. The principal donors to the FPRG fund were the Royal Leamington Spa Building Conservation Trust and the Royal Leamington Spa Town Council.

A condition of the HLF grant was that the project should include a five-year programme of community activities; these were supervised by a WDC Community Engagement Officer.

The FPRG group is now managed by the Leamington Society.