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Competition: Whitnash Community Hub

Acre Close Field, Whitnash
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Whitnash Town Council is recruiting an architect for a new £1.65 million multi-purpose community hub in Warwickshire

The winner of the estimated £55,000 contract will draw up plans for a new combined services facility on Acre Close Field (pictured) a short distance from the settlement’s existing community hall.

The project, planned to complete in 2019, will bring together in a single location various health, sports and social facilities currently spread across the small town next to Leamington Spa and Warwick. Library facilities may also be located to the new hub.

According to the brief: ‘Whitnash has a strong local identity and the town has expanded considerably over recent years with extensive areas of new housing development. With the proposed new development in the Local Plan, Whitnash is likely to increase its population further over the Plan period. However Whitnash lacks a main focus or hub for local facilities such as shopping, office space and a community centre.

‘The Town Council has aspirations for improved office and meeting space, and recognises that the existing community centre in Acre Close playing fields is dated and requires replacing or significant updating and investment. The location of the building is also isolated and located away from other facilities such as the library and shops. There is a need to bring the various facilities together to provide a focus for the town which meets the needs and aspirations of all.’

Whitnash is a small town south east of Leamington Spa and Warwick. Despite being an ancient settlement the town has no defined centre and its existing community facilities are currently spread across the area.

The community hall was constructed 35 years ago at the far end of Acre Close Field and the latest project will replace the building with a new hub on the side of the site closest to existing housing.

The new facility will feature a town council office and meeting room, a community and sports hall, a police drop-in space, community meeting rooms, a café and social hub, a potential library and a car park.

The winning team will develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 4 to enable a full planning application to be submitted. A feasibility study and business plan identifying the scope and scale of the proposed community building have already been completed.

Interested bidders must demonstrate a proven track record of delivering ‘small, complex projects’ and the ability to ‘articulate well defined, contemporary design solutions’ and work within tight budgets.

The deadline for applications is midday on 18 September.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Jenny Mason
Whitnash Town Council
Franklin Road
CV31 2JH

Email: jenny.mason@whitnashtowncouncil.gov.uk

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