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.
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.