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Roberts Park, Saltaire World Heritage Site

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

When Sir Titus Salt created the model village of Saltaire to provide housing for his mill workers in a setting away from the then polluted city of Bradford, a public park was integral to his plan to provide a complete, improving environment for this new community. Designed by William Gay, it opened in 1871, and its pleasure grounds and recreation area contained a Lodge, shelters, pavilions and a wide range of plants of ornamental and botanical interest. As was the fate of many public parks, Roberts Park fell into disrepair during the latter half of the 20th century, leaving the park overgrown and most of the buildings derelict.

As part of Hilary Taylor Landscape Associates Ltd, Erika made a major contribution to the Saltaire World Heritage Site Designed & Open Spaces Conservation Management Plan (2005), which formed part of a successful application for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Later, she was the Lead Designer and landscape architect for the tender and construction phases of the multi-million pound restoration of Roberts Park, completed in 2010. As part of the project, a new bandstand was designed in close consultation with members of the community and key stakeholders, the result of which is a unique structure in cast and wrought steel, complementing other key buildings in the village. The restoration project has dramatically transformed and reinvigorated the park, bringing it once again into the heart of the local community and helping it to achieve a Green Flag award.

Roberts Park is Grade II on the English Heritage Register of historic parks and gardens of special interest.