‘A unique form of community-based regeneration’
GT3 Architects have built on their masterplan for the regeneration of Redcar Town Centre by being re-commissioned by the Local Authority to design and deliver the new, flagship £31M Leisure and Community Heart project. Working alongside Drivers Jonas Deloitte, S&P Architects, Buro Happold, AECOM and OOBE the scheme was won in competition and has become the largest regeneration scheme in Redcar’s recent history.
The ground breaking design combines a new leisure centre, civic facilities, a business centre, car parking and major public realm improvements into a single, comprehensive redevelopment that knits together a previously fragmented part of the town. It brings together a range of council functions into a dedicated civic hub alongside a state of the art leisure centre that contains 3 pools and an innovative flow-rider. A new business centre also provides accommodation to support fledgling businesses in the region. All these functions are located around a new civic square which itself is tied back into the surrounding fabric via a tree-lined boulevard.
The design process has been characterised by a comprehensive approach to engagement which has involved the public, stakeholders and all levels of the Council (including officers and Members). This rigorous and carefully considered approach has ensured that the design meets the needs of all occupiers and operators and that the project has progressed in an ordered and structured manner.
The scheme was procured under the SCAPE framework with Wilmott Dixon. After 4 years of planning, design and construction the Redcar Leisure & Community Heart opened to the public in May 2014 and has already established itself as an integral part of community life in the town.