A new park building has won two awards for sustainability and excellence.

The Cassiobury Hub, in Cassiobury Park, Watford, won the awards for most sustainable construction award and project of the year at the Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards.

The new building, next to the park's paddling pools, holds changing rooms and toilets as well as events, an education space and a cafe.

The park regeneration project, which began in 2011, received £6.6 million of funding, with £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. The paddling pools also received a £2.8 million upgrade.

Elected Mayor Peter Taylor said: “I am delighted that this major regeneration project led by Watford Borough Council has been recognised by the Building Futures judges.

He added: “The hub is well used by local schools and provides a meeting place for the whole community.

“These awards are well deserved recognition for all those who helped design and deliver these wonderful new facilities.”

Cassiobury Park Hub, which was designed to be energy efficient, won the the sustainability award for an exceptional contribution to sustainability.

The judges said: “The social sustainability aspects of The Hub are particularly noteworthy, having resulted in the sensitive regeneration of an important area of Cassiobury Park, by providing an area for healthy outdoor play and recreation for generations to come.”

The Project of the Year award, meanwhile, was awarded for the unique design and distinctive character of the park, according to the judges.