Lancaster city centre community land to be improved

The Aldcliffe Road triangle (green community space), Lancaster
The Aldcliffe Road triangle (green community space), Lancaster

A community project transforming a neglected piece of Lancaster’s city centre into public green space has received a welcome boost.

Builders Construction Partnership UK (CPUK) and development company H2O have joined forces to support the city’s Friends of the Triangle group in their efforts to restore the Aldcliffe Road Triangle.

They have donated £2,000 each to the project, supplying the materials and skilled workers needed to renovate the site’s walls.

The work for the Friends group is part of CPUK’s commitment to the Considerate Constructors scheme.

The West Lancashire-based builder is working on a £2 million family housing development near the site for H2O – which is a national joint venture company between the Canal & River Trust (former British Waterways) and property development company Bloc.

The detailed work to repair and restore the Triangle’s walls will take up to four weeks to complete.

Aldcliffe Road Triangle is a small triangular shaped piece of land between Aldcliffe Rd and the Lancaster Canal, on the south side of Lancaster city centre.

It is owned by the Canal & River Trust, but was leased to Lancaster City Council for a period of 94 years in 1976.

The land has a history of light industrial use, most recently as a boat maker’s yard, but has been disused and neglected since 2004.

And the three small buildings on the site have been vandalised and fallen into disrepair. It has been a local eyesore and an occasional source of antisocial and criminal behaviour.

Local residents and city councillors formed the Friends of the Triangle aiming to turn the land into public green space and bring the main building back into use.

Martin Taylor, site manager for CPUK at the nearby Aldcliffe Yard housing development, said: “Trying to get the walls of the Triangle renovated would require a lot of fundraising for what is a committed, but small community group.

“They have some great plans for the site that will transform it for the good of everyone in the area and are hard at work turning their vision into reality.

“We believe it’s a really worthwhile local project that deserves help and support and so we’ve got together with H20 and some local suppliers .

“It’s also a way that we can give something back to the local community.” The Aldcliffe Yard development is due to be completed this summer.