Conservatory café reopens in Greenhead Park

Greenhead Park’s popular 1930s conservatory and adjoining Park Café have reopened their doors.

When will the café reopen?

Following an extensive project of conservation by specialist contractors the Café will be reopened to visitors on 7 September 2019.

The Park Café, which includes a beautiful 1930s conservatory, is owned and operated by Kirklees Council.

When did the work on the conservatory start?

Work on the café’s conservatory began in November 2018 with a planned investment by the Council of £239,000.

What will be available at the café?

Visitors to Greenhead Park will now again be able to enjoy a selection of hot drinks and light refreshments, including a selection of delicious cakes and sandwiches.

In the coming months, the café will also be launching an exciting new hot food menu.

Why did the café close?

Due to the complex and specialist work involved in the restoration, the Council had to close the café completely to guarantee public safety.

The work saw the conservatory area receive a complete refurbishment, including repairing and replacing much of the 1930s metalwork and glazing to bring it up to 21st Century Standards.

Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Corporate, said:

“As with all buildings of a certain age you don’t know the scale of a problem until work begins, and in this case the amount of wet and dry rot in the building meant that the project took longer originally planned.

The unexpected delay has been frustrating, but it does mean that the conservatory is now in great condition and ready to provide customers with a beautiful place to stop and enjoy a drink and something to eat whilst visiting the park for years to come.

This has been a challenging project, and thanks must go to the talented staff who have worked long and hard to ensure the repairs are in keeping with this historic building, and will help ensure its future for many years to come.”

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