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£2.5m makeover for London gasholder
Council to sell off
Disused King's Cross structures set for major overhaul following design contest
leisure facilities
Southampton City Council is By Pete Hayman
planning to sell off its loss
making leisure facilities to One of four disused gasholders
private operators for 15 years. in King's Cross, London, is set
The leases for sports pitches on to undergo a £2.5m makeover
parks and recreation grounds after designs drawn up by Bell
across the city, a public paddling Phillips + Kimble architects
pool at the Common and the were selected for the scheme.
land around leisure centres are The London-based practice
all being put up for sale. The was selected from a shortlist of
sports pitches at Mayfield Park, five firms following the King's
Riverside Park, Green Park, Cross Central Gasholder No. 8
Hoglands Parks and the Veracity, design competition, which aims
Lordshill and Millbrook to transform the Grade II-listed The King's Cross gasholder will feature a night-time public space
recreation grounds could be structure situated to the south
offloaded, as could leases in land of the Regent's Canal. space during the day and as a King's Cross Central – it will be
at the Alpine Centre, the Bell Phillips + Kimble's public space at night, while accessible with multiple uses,
municipal golf course, designs for the 150-year old beneath the 'roof-top' pool will it's fun, has style and it will
Southampton Sports Centre and gasholder feature a new water be an events space with glass create an enchanting space for
Chamberlayne Leisure Centre pool and garden, flexible lenses in the ceiling offering local communities to enjoy."
However, the Tory council's internal spaces and a natural views of the structure. Work is expected to start on
proposals have been strongly amphitheatre for informal Bridget Evans, project transforming the 25m (82ft)-
contested by Labour opposition, performances and relaxation. director at King's Cross Central, high gasholder in 2011, subject
who fear that the decision will The large shallow pool will said: "The winning design to receiving planning permis-
cause prices to go up. be used as a children's play works on several levels for sion and listed building consent.
Northampton Saints
call for stadium debate
'Quality streets'
Heathrow T2 closes for revamp
Northampton Saints Rugby
plans unveiled
Football Club (NSRFC) has urged Culture secretary Ben By Martin Nash
the local authority to hold a Bradshaw and housing
public debate to discuss the minister Ian Austin have The Terminal 2 building at
potential benefits of plans to published details of how London's Heathrow Airport has
redevelop the Franklin's Gardens the government aims to closed to allow the construction
stadium. Earlier this year, the deliver its vision for more of a £1bn replacement.
club announced plans to increase sustainable neighbour- Work is expected to start in
the venue's capacity from 13,500 hoods across the UK. the new year and the new
to 17,000 spectators after Increased public terminal – to be the base for
admitting that the stadium had ownership of local the 25 airlines making up the
been operating at 98 per cent in community assets, such as Star Alliance network – is Heathrow's new £1bn terminal
recent years and needs to expand parks and green open scheduled to open in 2014.
to compete with other clubs. The spaces, is among the Construction will be by moment in the modernisation
proposed project includes government's planned HETco consortium, led by Laing of Heathrow.
replacing the Sturtridge Pavilion measures outlined in the O'Rourke and Ferrovial "We look forward to the new
with a new stand, which will be strategy – along with Aggroman, while the project Terminal 2 providing a new
funded through the sale of a improving design architect is Foster and Partners. home for the Star Alliance and
long-term lease on the Edgar standards for all publicly- Colin Matthews, BAA Chief a better experience for our
Mobbs Way car park for the funded building schemes. Executive said: "The closure of passengers, with less impact on
development of an ASDA store. Terminal 2 marks an important the environment."
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