grand award 2012principal award 2012P Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd have won the prestigious BALI Grand Award for their extensive refurbishment of two historic parks in the centre of Lichfield.

Already recognised by BALI for this project, Casey won the Principal Award for the Restoration and Regeneration Category, and the Grand Award at the Awards Ceremony at Grosvenor House on 7th December.

Held annually to recognise excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance by members of the British Association of Landscape Industries, this year's awards were hosted by BBC presenter and newsreader Huw Edwards.

This is what the judges had to say:

"This extensive historic park refurbishment project formed an integral part of Lichfield District Council'strategic Plan and required the skills of a specialist in the field of historic landscape restoration.  BALI contractor, P Casey (Land Reclamation) Ltd have dealt sensitively in restoring elements of the historic parks and open spaces running through the heart of the Cathedral City.

"Restoration works were carried out to the 13th Century Minster Pool and historic 19th and 20th Century features of Beacon Park including reconstruction of an ornate Victorian fountain, Memorial Garden, stone balustrading and gates, extensive pathway resurfacing and refurbishment of the historic 'Speakers Corner'.  The care taken by this BALI contractor and attention to historic detail has been truly outstanding.  More modern 20th Century elements of Beacon Park have also been sensitively refurbished to provide a new children's play area, horticultural education area, Kiosk, Cafe and Pavilion.

"The Heritage Lottery funded restoration of LIchfield's historic parks was both complex and challenging and demanded real expertise and a collaborative approach of all parties involved.  The result is an outstanding example of a revitalised green city space with social improvement and involvement for all age groups and backgrounds at its core."

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