The scheme includes a variety of new community facilities located at the heart of the redevelopment which reflects feedback received from residents, stakeholders and focus groups during the previous Masterplanning process.
Facilities will be located close to sustainable and public transport links, will have their own dedicated car parking, and where appropriate, will overlook public open space. This will maximise accessibility and ensure long term sustainability of facilities and services.
The new facilities will include:
- Leisure complex and sport facilities
- community centre
- nursery/children's centre
- health centre/pharmacy
- assisted living accommodation
- shop units and a local convenience store built around a public square
- family pub /restaurant.
Leisure complex and sports facilities
The first stage of the regeneration will be the development of a new leisure complex and sports facilities at Bishop David Brown School.
This complex will provide a top class 3G full size football pitch, new football and rugby grass pitches, and a new leisure centre building. The leisure centre will provide the local community and school with top class swimming and sporting recreational facilities.
The new centre will feature a 25 metre pool and a separate teaching pool, a five court sports hall, studio spaces for exercise and dance classes, a gym with changing facilities and communal meeting areas.
The leisure centre building will use sustainable energy sources for heating,in the form of ground source heat pumps and solar panels. These will substantially reduce the centre’s carbon emissions. There will also be new parking facilities which will increase the number of spaces available to the centre and new fencing to improve the safety of students at the school. The reorganisation of the parking bays for the centre will help reduce the impact of the works near to the school’s entrance.
All of the facilities will be available for use by both the local community and the school in a coordinated manner.
On a less spectacular note, but just as important, the whole site will benefit from much needed improved drainage and rain water run-off.
Did you know: 3G pitches are tough, hard wearing artificial grass surfaces. They allow for heavy usage and don’t wear down or turn to mud. They drain
rain water in the same way a grass pitch does.
Located within the heart of the regeneration area, the Community Hub will host key community facilities including a pre-school nursery, health centre, pharmacy and community centre.
The combined location of these facilities promotes access to both health and wellbeing services and collaboration between service providers.
To allow easy access to these facilities, elderly care accommodation has been located in close proximity to the Community Hub.