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Property news Sunesis leisure concept launched

Scape and Willmott Dixon have launched a new version of their build concept Sunesis for the UK’s leisure industry, following its success across the education sector. Sunesis Leisure – unveiled

at the Local Government Association conference on 26 June – is designed to off er public sector clients a quick procurement route and ready- made design solutions. It is thought the approach

will reduce the overall build programme from inception through to opening by a year, as well as achieving 25 per cent cost savings. As reported by Leisure Opportunities in June,

Each of the three design options come with swimming and learner pools

Sunesis Leisure will allow clients to develop a wide range of facilities – including swimming, fi tness, sports and spa areas. Sunesis Leisure off ers three designs, which have been created with the help of industry

experts and each contain a swimming pool and learner pool of varying sizes. From there, the design can be customised

with additional facilities such as a health and fi tness suite, spa, sauna and therapy options, and a sports hall also available. Details:

RIBA announces 2012 award winners

National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and the Olympic Stadium in London are among this year’s winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards. Winners range from a house

built in the shape of a sand dune in Suff olk to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, and from a demountable opera pavilion in High Wycombe to the radical transformation of a Spanish bull-fi ghting arena in Barcelona, Spain. A dominant theme among

this year’s winners was the inclusion of a number of major public arts buildings – 10 of which have made the grade. Many are the result of pre- recession lottery funding and include Bath’s Holburne Museum (Eric Parry Architects);

London’s Olympic Stadium is among the winners of a 2012 RIBA Award

the Hepworth Wakefi eld (David Chipperfi eld Architects); and the Turner Contemporary at Margate (David Chipperfi eld Architects). Read more:

Brentford FC acquires land for stadium development

Brentford Football Club (BFC) has moved for- ward with plans for the development of a new community stadium in west London aſt er it acquired land from Barratt Homes. T e 7.6-acre (3.1-hectare) site was fi rst pur- chased by the development company more

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than four years ago and is working with the League One club on the stadium scheme. BFC is proposing to build a 15,000-capacity

venue on the land, while having the option for expanding to 20,000 seats at a later stage. Details:

T e Beorma scheme is funded by Salhia

First phase of Birmingham project receives approval

Birmingham City Council has approved the fi rst phase of the new £150m Beorma Quarter – a mixed-use scheme in Digbeth dominated by a 27-storey building. Work is due to start on phase one in

September and will include a new 60,000sq ſt (5,574sq m) hotel and the revamp of a Grade II-listed cold storage building. Kuwait-based Salhia is funding the proj-

ect, having signed a deal with HSBC earlier this year for the fi rst phase. T e bank is contributing more than £10m. Read more:

Work starts on Trowbridge leisure development

Bristol-based Leadbitter Group has com- menced construction work on the new multi-million pound St Stephens Place Leisure Park development in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. T e scheme was given the green light by Wiltshire Council earlier this year and is to include a seven-screen cinema run by Odeon and an 80-bedroom Premier Inn hotel. Restaurants, cafés and bars are also planned as part of the project, which will transform a “long-neglected” part of the town centre. Details:

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Architects appointed to Belfast stadium project

Hamilton Architects have been appointed by the Irish Football Association to lead the integrated consulting team for Northern Ireland’s National Stadium Project. T e Belfast-based design practice joins

Edmond Shipway, Arup, Rider Levett Bucknall and Ben Veenbrink on working on the multi-million pound development. Designs are to be drawn up for an

18,000-capacity venue on the site of the existing stadium at Windsor Park, with plans to be submitted by December. Details:

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