- Project: Hornchurch Leisure Centre
- Client: Havering Borough Council
- Construction Value: £25m
- Status: Live
- Location: Hornchurch
A community hub in a country park setting.
We were commissioned by Havering Borough Council and operator Everyone Active to develop the design for a new leisure centre in Harrow Lodge Park to replace the existing facility which was deemed too costly to repair, and more efficient to replace.
Set within a country park, community and sustainability were at the heart of this project, with a prominent new café positioned at the front of the building to encourage members of the public into the building. A public plaza was also included to allow members to spill out into, with natural amenities into the park.
The proposed scheme offers state of the art facilities and includes a number of spectator viewing galleries and a simple, legible layout, in keeping with the clients’ aim to encourage greater participation in various activities.
We were challenged to find a way to minimise visual impact on the park, whilst giving the site its own identity.