Welwyn Garden City fountain to undergo £22K revamp
PUBLISHED: 11:27 16 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:28 16 November 2018
One of Welwyn Garden City's best loved landmarks will be undergoing a £22,000 facelift.
Designed by architects Louis de Soissons, the fountain holds around 20,000 litres of water and was constructed in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Restoration will take place ahead of the town’s 2020 centenary celebrations.
The symbolic bronze crown will be cleaned and polished, with a membrane layer added to protect it from future damage.
A range of fittings and filters will be replaced to improve water flow and the pool inside and edging cleaned.
One of its most popular features – the lighting – is also set to be upgraded with new colour change options.
The work is expected to take three weeks to complete.
Councillor Duncan Bell, executive member for resources at Welwyn Hatfield Council, said: “Calcium deposit build-up has prevented the fountain from working as well as it should.
“The fountain holds a special significance in the heart of the Welwyn Garden City community and we want to ensure it is looking its absolute best for the 2020 celebrations and beyond.”