Bradford’s much loved multi-award winning public space, City Park, is to receive its first major refurbishment since opening in 2012.
City Park’s high-tech underground pump room will receive an overhaul with new pumps, actuators, power supply systems, central computer, routers and software.
The filtration media will be refreshed and some of the underground steel framework will be removed and replaced.
The new system will be fully programmable, with the popular arching jets, play jets and geysers making a welcome return.
Damaged areas of the mirror pool’s surface will be repaired.
Work will start this Monday with a team of specialised engineers moving onto the site and shutting down the mirror pool for the next few weeks.
Pump technology and monitoring systems have advanced since the pool was first built in 2011 and the replacement equipment will be more efficient with reduced electricity consumption.
Much of the refurbishment is part of a scheduled overhaul but includes repairs needed following flood damage last year.
During the works it may be necessary to close City Park’s public toilets for short periods.
It is expected the mirror pool will be back up to full operation in April this year.
The multi-award winning space has been credited with playing a significant role in the changing fortunes of the city generating praise from urban design professionals, business people and local residents.
In 2017 the world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor awarded the space a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ which is considered to be the gold standard in customer satisfaction.
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “This major refurbishment of the underground pump house will bring the mirror pool back up to full operation with improved efficiency and reliability.
“Since opening in March 2012, City Park has proven to be highly popular, especially in summer when thousands of children descend on the space to cool off and play in fountains and pool.
“We are looking forward to seeing the mirror pool back in full operation so it can be enjoyed by young and old.”