The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth has this week opened the new facilities at Kingston Recreational Ground in Fratton as completed by Portsmouth City Council.

The new café and public toilets were installed following a number of requests for improvement works from local residents.

The innovative project utilised wooden-clad shipping containers, which were used as the main building for both the café and toilets, dramatically reducing the cost of the works for the council.

Portsmouth City Council's in-house Design Team managed the project, with Mountjoy, Colas, REDs, Corrigenda, Southern Water and SSE all involved in bringing the project to fruition.

There were several hurdles that were expertly managed by the team in order to complete the planned upgrades. This included extensive repairs to the drainage network and the use of a crane to lift the wooden-clad container into site.

The cafe includes a kiosk-style serving hatch as well as inside space and will be managed by Fratton Big Local.

Following the opening of the facilities, Cllr Dave Ashmore said: "In line with the requests of local residents, I am delighted to see the fantastic new facilities at Kingston Recreational Ground being opened.

The new cafe and toilets, including an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities, add to the fantastic improvements and play area at the park that Fratton Big Local have provided. I hope the new facilities will bring even more local families down to Kingston Rec to enjoy this brilliant green space in the heart of the city."

The area also benefitted from major refurbishments last year, as the children's playground saw the installation of a brand new water play area and double zip wire.

Kingston Recreation Ground provides much needed space for play, relaxation and sports for local residents. The new facilities will ensure more residents can enjoy the green-space long into the future.

Kingston Rec - cafe + toilet (3)