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Guy Holloway reveals architectural first with multi-level skate hub


Guy Holloway architects have revealed plans for a unique, multi-level skate park to draw international skaters and specta- tors to Folkestone, UK.


The plans outline a 1,000sq m (10,700sq ft) three-storey skate park for the seaside town in the south east of England, the first multi-story facil- ity of its kind. The sports park will also host a variety of popular urban sports including skateboarding, BMX-ing, roller- blading and scootering, with additional trial cycling facilities, a climbing wall and a boxing club. It will serve as a national and international attraction, besides offer- ing access to young people involved in the popular local skate and BMX scene. The site is on an old bingo hall which lies near the planned wider regenera-


The park is set to attract international visitors


tion of Folkestone. Nearby is the creative quarter, home to other architecturally sig- nificant projects, such as the recently completed performing arts centre, ‘Quarterhouse’ and ‘The Workshop’. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=c4V5N


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GLL launches extreme sports facility in east London


GLL has opened an extreme sports facility at Barking Sporthouse in London, featur- ing the capital’s biggest indoor skate park and a unique climbing wall, as the opera- tor bids to broaden its leisure appeal. The skate park offers more than 900sq m (9,688sq ft) of skate ramp terrain, with a beginners’ area and street zone with ledges, ‘flat bars’ and ‘Euro-gaps’, and London’s first key-hole Birchwood bowl. GLL has also launched a Vertical Playground climbing facility at the site. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=q4h9d


■ Sliding side walls for natural ventilation


■ Short delivery and build time


■ Conforming with building codes


■ Experienced and dynamic team


■ Affordable and sustainable


The skate park will offer more than 900sq m (9,688sq ft) of skate ramp terrain


■ Finance options


Canberra’s AIS Arena set for AU$10m revamp


AIS Arena is currently the home to two professional women’s basketball teams


Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is to invest AU$10m (US$7.6m, £5.2m) in redeveloping the 5,200-capacity AIS Arena in the capital Canberra. First opened in 1981, the ageing venue was designed by Philip Cox & Partners and is home to two professional women’s basketball teams – Canberra Capitals and the AIS team. Work will include improvements to seat- ing and F&B areas, as the AIS plans to increase the number of events – both sport and non-sport – held at the venue. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=N3x3a


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