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PROPERTY Gareth Hoskins wins SNG redevelopment bid Windsor Park is set to undergo a £29.2m revamp

Windsor Park leisure plan given green light in Belfast

Planning approval has been granted for a new leisure complex within the Windsor Park sta- dium development in Northern Ireland. The new development, led by Belfast

City Council, will replace the site’s existing Olympia Leisure Centre and be incorporated into the stadium’s new West Stand. The facility will provide leisure facili-

ties including a pool, learner pool, café, gym, sports hall, spin studio and ancillary accommodation. Owing to the increasingly poor condition of the current Windsor Park stadium, various proposals for the replace- ment of Windsor Park have been mooted in recent years, but in September 2009, the Irish Football Association (IFA) announced its pre- ferred option was to remain at the ground. Details:

Construction underway on £16m Cardiff Bay Ice Arena

Work has started in Cardiff on a 3,000-seat £16m ice rink ahead of a 2015 opening. The centre, which will be located at

Cardiff Bay’s International Sports Village, is to be home the Cardiff Devils ice hockey team and will house two ice rinks. Te development also comprises asso-

ciated retail and hotel facilities, including a 170m (558ſt) ski slope, a nursery slope, snow-play facilities and children’s enter- tainment centres. Tere will also be shops, bars, restaurants, a hotel and new homes. The project is being developed by

Helium Miracle 113, a subsidiary of Wigan- based developer Greenbank Partnerships. “Ice Arena Wales will be a world-class

facility capable of holding Olympic and European standard events, but which will be available to all members of the public and local schools, in addition to the exten- sive network of amateur and professional teams that play currently from the exist- ing rink,” said Jonathan Smith, who is the development director of Greenbank. “We are working with the National Ice

Skating Association to provide world-class coaching facilities that befit an arena of this quality.” Details:


The National Galleries of Scotland has announced that Gareth Hoskins Architects (GHA) has been appointed to oversee a major redevelop- ment project at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Over the next four years,

the Scottish National Gallery (SNG) will undergo a major transformat ion,

led by

newly-appointed GHA. Te Glasgow-based practice beat several other finalists to seal the overhaul, including LDN Architects, Malcolm Fraser Architects, John McAslan + Partners and MUMA . Several galleries devoted to the national

collection of historic Scottish art will be over- hauled and expanded, almost doubling the exhibition space currently available.

Te SNG last received a major upgrade in 2004 Michael Clarke, director of SNG said: “Tis

transformational project will allow for the cre- ation of new and innovative displays to inspire our visitors.” Details:

Surf Snowdonia wins Welsh approval

Plans for a huge surf facility in Snowden, north Wales have been given the go-ahead aſter gaining unanimous planning consent from Conwy County Borough councillors. To be built in Conwy Valley

on the site of a former alumin- ium factory, Surf Snowdonia will feature a 30,000sq m (322,000sq ft) Wavegarden lake, 14,000sq m (150,000sq ſt) wakeboarding lake, water- slide, restaurant, retail and indoor play facilities. The attraction will also

Te Wavegarden will be able to create consistent 6ſt (1.8m) waves for surfers

include accommodation, with low impact, sleeping ‘pods’ to be located along the lake’s waterfront. Larger lodges will also be built and will retain the naturalistic char- acter of the woodlands surrounding the lake. Surf Snowdonia is planned to open in June

2015 and is being run by Conwy Adventure Leisure. It is expected the project will create

100 new jobs in the village of Dolgarrog, with work scheduled to start later this month. “Te planning meeting outcome guarantees

that the Conwy Valley will host the world’s first commercial Wavegarden surfing park and we can’t wait to move forward,” said Surf Snowdonia. Details:

Work underway on £25m Catterick town centre refit

Work is progressing on the £25m mixed-use regeneration plan for Catterick town centre in North Yorkshire, with civil and structural engi- neering consultancy JPG appointed to advise . Te project – a JV between Kier Property and Lingfield Securities – involves the

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redevelopment of a 150,000sq ſt (13,935sq m) site in Catterick that aims to create around 700 new jobs. It will include a multiplex cinema, ten new retail units, a 60-bedroom hotel, cafes, restaurants and bars as well as 400 car parking spaces. Details:

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