The café is situated centrally in Matlock Hall’s Leys Park. Hall Leys retains the traditional features of a well-appointed ornamental park. Started at the end of the 19th century as a riverside promenade, the park that survives today is very similar in general layout to the original design.
As part of the above contract the café also required refurbishment by Derbyshire County Council in 2016 which was undertaken by Aura Conservation.
Internally the existing flooring and damaged timber joists were removed, new timber joists were installed and treated for prevention of beetle and fungus infestation. The WC was relocated and therefore drainage was relocated and additional electrics were installed. Externally the structure was propped and the sole plate was replaced. The decking at the front of the café was replaced to prevent further water ingress.
Again, the works took place in a live and operational park, therefore to ensure minimal disruption the works were meticulously planned to be completed as quickly as possible.