Friends of Castle Green CIC is delighted to have appointed a contractor to carry out the refurbishment works to the Pavilion.

Local building construction company Vision BD has been appointed to commence work in May, after a lengthy tender process. 

The company will realise Friends of Castle Green’s vision to restore and refurbish this iconic building. 

With Towns Fund funding of £1.5 million from #StrongerHereford, the Pavilion will become a new and much needed thriving and sustainable community hub, a defining visitor attraction in the city and a source of pride for residents.

Planning permission has been granted by Herefordshire Council to revitalise the building by providing cafe facilities and flexible community meeting space, as well as the opportunity to celebrate local arts and heritage and a revived home for the Hereford Youth Canoe Centre (HYCC).

A Grade II listed Georgian pavilion atop medieval foundations, the building has had a variety of uses over the years, most recently as an art college and a training centre. 

Friends of Castle Green took over the building from Herefordshire Council in 2018 in a Community Asset Transfer and is working to restore the building to its Georgian splendour. In the meantime, it provides a public space for the local community.

Work to the building is anticipated to begin in Mid May, with completion and re-opening in Summer 2024.

According to Paddy Nugent, Chair of FoCG:

“This is a major milestone for a small community group such as Friends of Castle Green. 

“Our team has worked tirelessly over the last three years to get to this stage and we are now on the cusp of realising our ambition of a revitalised and restored building for the community, we very much look forward to working with Vision to achieve this.”

Managing Director of Vision BD, Tom Cooke says, ”As a well established local building and development company, we are delighted to be involved with the regeneration of this iconic City-centre building. 

“We bring with us extensive knowledge and experience of the industry and the highest levels of professional workmanship. 

“We are excited to bring to the community a much needed flexible community meeting space, as well as other major benefits to the City.”

From Stronger Hereford:

We are delighted to announce that the restoration and redevelopment of Castle Green Pavilion is set to start this week.

Friends of Castle Green have appointed local company Vision Building and Development as the building contractors for this exciting project.

Funded by Stronger Hereford, this project will regenerate this much-loved Grade II-listed building on the riverside to create a modern, accessible community space for all, with new cafe and gallery as well as a revitalised home for Hereford Youth Canoe Club.

Granted planning permission in November 2022, the plans for the Pavilion were drawn up by Herefordshire architects Errand Studio, following extensive consultation by Friends of Castle Green to gather the needs, views and ideas of the local community.

The Friends of Castle Green is a volunteer-led Community Interest Company which is committed to enhancing and protecting the Castle Green area of Hereford for future generations. 

It took over the Pavilion building on a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) from Herefordshire Council on a 25 year lease in 2018 with the aim of restoring the Pavilion to reflect its historic past and re-create it for use as a sustainable community asset.