The large housing estate, Stockbridge Village, lacked a real centre and several important facilities. Knowsley Council appointed us to deliver a major regeneration project to address this and we carried out extensive community consultation, to make sure local people ‘owned’ the new facilities. The consultations informed our ambitious scheme to create a new high-quality village centre to provide learning, meeting and leisure facilities for the whole community.

The new centre comprises a linked group of exciting contemporary buildings, forming a village square. A large new building contains a leisure centre with a fully accessible 20-metre pool, gym, spa and sports halls. There is also a cafe, facilities for local government and Merseyside Police and a youth club. A single-storey library building connects the neighbourhood centre to a substantial new building containing the new Stockbridge Village Primary School, Acorn Children’s Centre and Nursery and a paediatric health care facility.

The existing shopping arcade is now part of a new street leading to the square and we improved retail facilities with a new supermarket. We re-levelled much of the site, filling basements and voids with demolition waste, to provide step-free access to all buildings and create high quality infrastructure, including new pedestrian routes, access roads, car parks and bus facilities. The buildings form a coherent village centre and provide a vibrant, safe environment. We took care with the orientation of the buildings and public realm to promote natural surveillance and discourage anti-social behaviour.

The superb new facilities have proved highly popular and the new Stockbridge Village is a vastly different place than it used to be.

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