Acacia Hall was the historic former Dartford home and grounds of entrepreneur Sir Henry Wellcome.
Dartford Borough Council purchased the former Glaxo Smith Kline staff sports and social club to safeguard it following the closure of the pharmaceutical giant’s Dartford production plant. The Council has already amalgamated acres of sports fields into the town’s hugely popular Central Park .
The project was an opportunity to restore an important public space linking the existing substantial regeneration of Dartford Town centre with the adjacent Fast-Track bus system.
The substantial public realm improvements included the recreation of the important chalk stream and the restoration of the historic Mill, Coach House and Darenth Suite Ballroom whilst opening up views of the mansion house and creating safe pedestrian routes to the adjoining parks.