Walker Simpson Architects completes Warrington group centre

Commissioned by way of the Delivering Wellbeing in Bewsey and Dallam Programme, the temporary for the general public hub known as for a ‘beacon’ within the Cheshire city and was adopted as a key undertaking in Warrington Borough Council’s Central 6 Masterplan.

The constructing supplies studios, a swimming pool, library companies, group areas and a health health club. Finishes, furnishings and signage have all been chosen to make the general public facility dementia-friendly.

It sits subsequent to an current playground, enjoying fields and meadow, and faces the primary street linking the Bewsey and Dallam neighbourhoods of Warrington. An entrance is accessed off a small landscaped public terrace.

The hub is ready over three storeys. The bottom ground accommodates a learner/hydrotherapy pool, altering amenities, social zone, digital wellbeing suite, group room and small library. The primary ground cantilevers over the doorway to create shelter on the out of doors terrace and homes a health suite, altering amenities and multi-use room.

The second ground grows in peak in contrast with a big window wrapping round a multipurpose studio house, kitchen and group retailer.

The scheme was a collaborative endeavour between Warrington Borough Council, resident champions, LiveWire Group Curiosity Firm, Sport England and the regeneration arm of WBC Warrington+Co.

Architect’s view

The problem for undertaking architects Bruno Mariz and Gavin Chan was to construct a group leisure centre with a footprint of 17 x 29m. The constructing wanted to accommodate a pool, studios, a library, assembly areas and a group kitchen and to be absolutely accessible and dementia-friendly.

The answer is a stepped block with a single-storey Pool Corridor alongside three storeys that stack as much as present a sequence of areas that improve in peak as you rise by way of the constructing. The interlocking volumes push the areas collectively to allow the principal rooms to suit collectively inside a easy type, as proven within the lengthy part drawing under. The benefit of a small footprint is excessive visible connectivity between rooms, a lightweight and ethereal atmosphere, and straightforward orientation.

Like a Preserve, the constructing creates a outstanding landmark and a robust sense of place within the context of the adjoining low-rise buildings and housing. The compact type comprises a broad vary of public companies obtainable to the area people inside a brief strolling distance.

Early idea work was shared to clarify the design intent. This enabled significant engagement and regarded dialogue with the a number of stakeholders to achieve assist for the undertaking.


A fluctuating temperature operates on a weekly cycle within the swimming pool to swimsuit the wants of each younger learner courses and hydrotherapy periods. The water temperature is cooler for younger lively learners and households and hotter for extra sedate older and fewer cell bathers and remedy periods. Hoists and pods permit full mobility entry: the people’ journey to and from the pool was assessed intimately and integrated into the design from the outset.

This led to a variety of areas and routes together with a altering locations facility enabling full flat-bed use, ambulant altering, and group altering rooms. A compact altering facility was designed in collaboration with LiveWire, Warrington Incapacity Partnership and Sport England.

One of many challenges was to accommodate a broad vary of technical wants concurrently making a cheerful atmosphere. This was achieved utilizing LiveWire colors and a sculpted ceiling with a big skylit coffer to accommodate an array of acoustic baffles. Giant home windows present visible hyperlinks to the adjoining playground and viewing gallery with blinds for privateness as required.
John Walker, director, Walker Simpson Architects


Shoppers’ view

Bewsey and Dallam Neighbourhood Hub is a shocking constructing strategically positioned within the coronary heart of Warrington’s most in want group. The Hub is a beacon for well being and wellbeing and emits an aura of alternative for residents. Native residents, a lot of whom have by no means accessed well being, wellbeing or health companies earlier than, are actually attending and collaborating within the choices on provide. The health club is standard all through the day, as is the hybrid swimming-hydrotherapy pool which is used for kids’s swimming classes in addition to for residents who require some type of bodily rehabilitation. The material of the construct all through is vibrant, energising and engaging, significantly within the library house. The hub has pragmatism inbuilt, there are a number of rooms that may home our companions for drop in periods that the group will profit from.
Locklynne Corridor, well being and wellbeing director, LiveWire and Tradition Warrington

We’ve achieved our ambition to create a Group Hub which feels welcoming, inclusive and is actively utilized by native individuals. The Hub is a beacon undertaking inside a wider community-led regeneration programme which noticed partnership funding in housing, inexperienced house and public realm. The placement is right, proper on the coronary heart of our most disadvantaged communities, tying in with current native belongings and offering a lovely visible point of interest for the neighbourhood.

However most necessary is the standard of the power – the design and décor is excessive customary, the inclusivity requirements are the very best within the borough and compete with the very best within the nation – this assertion of high quality and funding in place is essential to native residents who’ve felt uncared for prior to now. We’re asking lots from the constructing; it must flex to reply to particular person and group wants and the provide we’re offering is multifaceted and built-in. There is no such thing as a doubt it’s delivering and can proceed to adapt and mature as extra group {and professional} companions interact.
Eleanor Blackburn, head of inclusive development and partnerships, Warrington Borough Council


Undertaking information

Completion August 2021
Gross inside ground space 953m²
Web site space 2,821m²
Type of contract Design and Construct
Building value £3.3 million
Architect Walker Simpson Architects
Shopper Warrington Borough Council
Leisure operator LiveWire and Tradition Warrington
Undertaking supervisor Baker Mallett with Warrington+Co
Structural engineer MDA Wirral
M&E guide ECS Consultants Constructing Providers
QS Baker Mallett
Principal designer Baker Mallett
Panorama guide Stephen Martlew Panorama Structure
Acoustic guide Acoustic Design Expertise
Pool specialist FT Leisure
Accepted constructing inspector Warrington Borough Council Constructing Management
Predominant contractor Whitfield and Brown (Developments)
CAD software program used Revit

Environmental efficiency information

Airtightness at 50Pa 5 m³/h.m²
Elemental U-values Wall 0.23 W/m²K, ground 0.14 W/m²K, roof 0.2 W/m²K, home windows and skylights 1.6 W/m²K
Annual CO2 emissions Design-stage emissions are 10 per cent decrease than Constructing Rules

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