The Kings Garden

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The Kings Garden

The Kings Garden

The Kings Centre By The Kings Centre

The Kings Garden project will transform an unused churchyard, which is a focus for anti-social behaviour, into a quiet green space in the heart of busy Southall, accessible to the whole community. TYS

Southall Delivery stage

£19,428
pledged of £242,388

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

The St John's Old Church churchyard, on the corner of King Street and Western Road, has been closed to burials for many years. Unfortunately, it has become a focus for rough sleeping, drinking, drug-related activity and prostitution. The site is currently maintained by Ealing Council, but the presence of used drug equipment, uneven ground and densely packed gravestones makes the churchyard an unwelcoming eyesore avoided by many people in the local community.

The Kings Garden project will transform this prominent site into a safe and peaceful garden. By relocating old gravestones, creating new paths and installing seating, the Kings Garden will become an appealing oasis in the heart of King Street. The churchyard's regeneration will end the current cycle of anti-social behaviour while creating a secure and attractive space for residents and visitors to use and enjoy.

What we'll deliver:

  • Relocate old gravestones to improve access and visibility.
  • Create new pathways and paved areas for seating, including benches.
  • Secure the site with improved boundaries to avoid repetition of anti-social behaviour.
  • Re-seed grassed areas and improve soft landscaping (e.g. flowers and bushes).

Why it's a great idea:

The Kings Garden project is a great idea because it will have a major impact on the appearance, security and attraction of King Street, a bustling shopping area with many independent businesses.

Firstly, by reclaiming a space currently used for anti-social behaviour, the project will make the area a safer place with less criminal activity.

Secondly, by improving the appearance of King Street, the Kings Garden will encourage more people to visit the area and shop locally, thereby supporting local businesses.

Thirdly, the Kings Garden will offer a quiet and reflective green space for residents and visitors to relax, enabling people to enjoy a natural oasis in a busy urban area.

Finally, the Kings Garden project complements the Southall Great Streets programme. As part of Southall Great Streets Phase II, the space in front of the St John's Old Church will be transformed into a public square, which will share a boundary with the Kings Garden.

Steps to get it done:

  • Landscape architect's drawings and surveys have been completed.
  • Ealing Council will repair the side walls and build the front fencing (January 2015)
  • Gravstones will be moved by specialist contractor (Toop Services Ltd)
  • Hard and soft-landscaping, plus rear fencing and benches is currently out to tender.

The Kings Garden project is part of the Kings Centre development, which will create a new community hub on the corner of King Street and Western Road. The Kings Centre will consist of a new building alongside the refurbished Old Church, surrounded by the Kings Garden.

The Kings Garden project has the support of the Diocese of London, the Mayor of London (Pocket Parks), Virendra Sharma MP, Ealing Council, Metropolitan Police, Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Central Jamia Masjid, and Shree Ram Mandir.

When the project is completed, and other preliminary works by Ealing Council have been finished (to trees and walls, for example), the maintenance of the site will be handed over from Ealing Council (Parks Department) to the Kings Centre and St John's Church.

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Location Southall

Southall has 83 other projects and £905,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Unused Churchyard

Council

Ealing Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £242,388

Gravestone relocation - £60,732 (25%)
Boundary walls - £45,000 (19%)
Contractors preliminaries and contingency - £31,011 (13%)
Pavements and paths - £26,230 (11%)
Programme management and administration - £19,428 (8%)
Architect, surveys and consultants - £15,592 (6%)
Furniture - £9,600 (4%)
Project management - £7,200 (3%)
Soft-landscaping - £3,410 (1%)
Site clearance - £2,700 (1%)
Other - £21,485 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

25%
Gravestone relocation
£60,732
19%
Boundary walls
£45,000
13%
Contractors preliminaries and contingency
£31,011
11%
Pavements and paths
£26,230
8%
Programme management and administration
£19,428
6%
Architect, surveys and consultants
£15,592
4%
Furniture
£9,600
3%
Project management
£7,200
1%
Soft-landscaping
£3,410
1%
Site clearance
£2,700
9%
Other
£21,485
  • Transaction Fees
    £9,397
  • Spacehive fees
    £7,455
  • VAT
    £2,015

Total £242,388

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