Nursemaids’ Tunnel project – Progress update November

There is excellent progress being made on the Nursemaids’ Tunnel works. The wall on the southern side (Park Crescent) has now been completely rebuilt and the final pointing is being completed. The new concrete retaining wall on the north side (Park Square) has been built and the team have started the first few courses of brick work. The internal cleaning of the tunnel and Watchman’s box is now complete and all electric feeds installed. The approach ramp on the south has had the tarmac removed and levelled.

The next steps will be to install all the new drainage and start the repairs to the head walls.

There will be further updates towards the mid/end of December 23.

Please follow this link below to the heritage report section of the website, where there is a selection of images available to view of the works to date.

Matt Higham MCIHort
Head of Landscape

 

Nursemaids’ Tunnel project – Progress update

The Nursemaids’ Tunnel project is well underway. Stonewest (the contractor undertaking the works) are making excellent progress. The southern wall In Park Crescent has been removed and the concrete retaining wall has now been constructed. The original bricks will be used to rebuild the southern wall as the next stage of this project on the south. The other wall on the south has been cleaned and some repairs carried out. The new soldier course has now been installed using the correct lime mortar and techniques.

The drainage channels on either side of the approach ramps have now been removed and logged. These will be repaired and relayed once the walls have been rebuilt and the new drainage installed.

The wall on the north side of the tunnel has started to come down and will soon be rebuilt using the same methods as in the south.

The interior of the tunnel is being cleaned and the paint work removed using a steam based technique. We are trialling different light fittings at the moment in line with what was suggested by the CEPC Heritage Advisor. This is a copper style up/down lighter which will be installed in the centre of the bays on alternate walls.

Please follow this link to the heritage report section of the website, where there is a selection of images available to view of the works to date.

Please keep an eye on the website at the end of each month for updates on the progress of the project.

Once again I do apologise for any inconvenience caused to garden users.

Electric bike provider LIME have now extended their Redzone

As some of you will be aware, I have been communicating with the electric bike provider LIME regarding the significant problems caused by the bikes being left abandoned across the estate and the Health and Safety risk that this poses.I am delighted to inform you that as a result of this communication LIME have now extended their Redzone to include the pavements, terraces and mews of Regent’s Park. This means that should any bikes be left unattended on the estate the user will receive a fine which will be deducted automatically on top of any initial hire costs.Whilst this will not completely eliminate abandoned bikes, it will certainly significantly reduce it.Should you wish to discuss this further, please do call me.Kind RegardsMartyn FloodgateHead of Traffic and Security

York Bridge

York Bridge is a Grade 2 listed masonry arch road bridge crossing the Regent’s Park boating lake. We believe it is one of The Royal Parks’ oldest assets, with the first part of the bridge dating back to around 1790.

Monitoring over the last few years has shown that the bridge is deteriorating due to heavy vehicle use. The images to the right show how this damage has progressed from 2019 to 2022.

To repair the bridge, we need to undertake construction work which will involve closing the bridge to all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians from 10 February 2023 until mid-end July 2023. During this time, vehicles will only be able to enter and exit the Inner Circle via Chester Road. Cyclists and pedestrians will also need to use alternative routes. If you have any questions, please contact me on ebrett@royalparks.org.uk.

Many thanks.

Emily Brett Stakeholder and Internal Communications Manager

ebrett@royalparks.org.uk | 07464 645698 |The LookOut, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH

The Royal Parks Events

As a resident of a property in close proximity to The Regent’s Park, you may be eligible for complimentary tickets to major events held in the park such as Frieze Art Fair and Taste of London.The Royal Parks are updating their contact list and if you would like to be contacted about tickets to events in the park please submit this form with your details.

The UK’s fastest broadband is coming to Regent’s Park

Please see below a message from Swish Fibre, who have partnered with Vorboss, to offer residential high-speed broadband through parts of the Crown Estate Paving Commission’s estate. Please direct any queries on the broadband to Swish Fibre via the details below. The Swish Fibre Team will also have a coffee van at Chester Terrace on Tuesday 5th July and York Terrace East on Thursday 14th July to answer any questions you may have.Any new affixing or connection through your own property may need relevant permissions such as from any landlord (including The Crown Estate) or Local Authority. Check with your landlord and/or the relevant Local Authority as we are not able to advise on these consents.

The UK’s fastest broadband* is coming to Regent’s Park, and we want to make sure you have access to it.At Swish Fibre we are on a mission to bring blisteringly-fast Full Fibre broadband to every home in the UK, including yours. That’s why we’ve decided to make Regent’s Park the first area in London to join our broadband network [working alongside our partners Vorboss and the Crown Estate Paving Commission]. You can get in touch with me using the details below to find out which streets will be connected to our network first.What’s more, we’d like to offer you a special package to help you join our Full Fibre network.Your Regent’s Park packageFor £81 per month you’ll have access to 900 Mbps upload/download speeds and a static IP address. Crystal-clear video calls, 4K streaming, lag-free gaming and smart-living – you’ll be able to do it all thanks to our service which can support multiple devices at once! A one-off activation fee of £50 applies. However, to celebrate our launch in Regent’s Park the first 100 customers in this area to order will get free installation!**Click here to place you order nowWho are Swish Fibre?Swish Fibre are intent on building a fast and reliable broadband network across the UK. Many broadband providers claim to offer Full Fibre broadband, but the final part of their networks is often completed with old copper wiring, giving you substandard speeds. At Swish Fibre we only offer fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband, meaning our lightning-fast fibre cables go straight to your home, giving you incredible speeds and reliability. Thousands of homes have already joined our network and haven’t looked back.Next stepsYou can find out more about Swish Fibre and our service by visiting our website. Once you’ve ordered we’ll set up a meeting with you to explain the installation process and answer any questions you might have.You can also speak to me directly whenever you like. Get in touch via phone on 07498928073 or email via matt.walcott@swishfibre.com.We’re delighted to be bringing faster broadband to Regent’s Park. We can promise you’ll be in safe hands with Swish Fibre thanks to our first-rate service and, of course, our lightning-fast broadband speeds.Kind regards,Matt WalcottNetwork Extension Manager*Speedtest taken on 28 May 2021, see website for more details. **Installation fee applies from the 101st order

Appointment of New Chair

The Crown Estate Paving Commissioners are delighted to advise that the 2021 recruitment process has now been successfully completed.

Following the appointment of four new Commissioners in October whose details can be seen on the Commissioners page of this website, Marc Mourre has now been appointed a Commissioner with a view to his taking over the Chair when Loretta Balfour completes her third term on May 5, 2022.

Marc has been a resident of Park Square for more than twenty years. He has had a long and successful career in the financial arena with Morgan Stanley and more recently as Executive Chairman of Global Markets Commodities at Natixis. He has also spent the last twelve years chairing the charitable trust for The Friends of the French Institute, a role he is currently relinquishing in accordance with good governance.

Marc and Loretta will be working closely together over the next few months until she stands down which will give him the opportunity of learning about the Commission and how it operates from the Commissioner standpoint, given he is already full cognisant from that of a ratepayer/resident.

The Commissioners are delighted to welcome Marc and look forward to working with him over the years to come.

Dog Fouling in Hanover Terrace

Early in 2021 an email was sent to all residents of Hanover Terrace regarding a dog fouling issue. This still seems to be a persistent problem in the garden beds and lawn at Hannover Terrace with the CEPC garden regulations not being adhered to. Last week the gardeners reported large amounts of dog fouling in the garden and so additional signage has been erected in the lawns. Dog fouling makes maintaining your garden areas an unpleasant task for the gardeners and constitutes a health hazard. It is dangerous as contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis, an infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures. We do not expect CEPC Gardeners to work in such an environment. If you are a dog owner, please note that the CEPC’s Garden Regulations state that dogs are not allowed to foul in beds or permitted access to terrace gardens, regardless of any intention to clear up afterwards. Please can you ensure that all family members, household staff, contractors and visitors are aware of the relevant Garden Regulations.

A copy of which can be found at https://www.cepc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Regents-Park-Terrace-Garden-Regulations.pdf

Thank you for your cooperation.

Cumberland Place – Survey Global

Due to cracks occurring along the Cumberland Place Garden wall, we would like to inform you that on Monday 22 November and Tuesday 23 November part of the garden will be closed off whilst we undertake survey work. These form part of investigations suggested by the Commission’s consultant structural engineers, who have recently inspected. It appears that the wall may require remedial works, the

costs of which will be recovered via garden rates payable by Cumberland Place ratepayers. When we have further details of the form of any works and their likely cost we will revert. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and if you would like to discuss in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact the CEPC Surveyor on 07940 470998.

Cambridge Terrace Mews : Green waste disposal

We have been experiencing piles of green waste being left next to the emergency vehicle access gate of the garden, subsequently killing the grass which was recently reseeded. Please can I request that if residents have any green waste that they place in their Camden green waste bin. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions