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PROPERTY £1bn Tidal Lagoon pushes forward Te new centre’s gym spans 1,000sq m

£36m Huddersfield Leisure Centre springs into action

A new £36m leisure centre has opened in Huddersfield boasting both exercise and play facilities. Te centre replaces Huddersfield Sports Centre, which has now closed. Operated by Kirklees Active Leisure

(KAL) on behalf of Kirklees Council, the new Huddersfield Leisure Centre offers a wide range of activities and has been designed to appeal to all members of the community. Te new Huddersfield Leisure Centre has been built on the site of the for- mer Spring Grove car park, in Springwood. Architects AHR-Global were behind

the designs, which were realised by BAM construction. Te centre has been funded by a combination of cash from the sale of the previous site to Tesco, funding from KAL and other council funds that would have otherwise been spent on repairs to the previous leisure centre. Te new centre’s gym spans 1,000sq m

and features 100 cv and resistance stations. Details:

Populous and Jump Studios announce new merger

Sport and entertainment architects Populous have announced a merger with Jump Studios, a London-based practice that specialises in high-concept interiors, installations and architectural design. Te merger was unveiled at a press conference in London on the evening of 1 June. Jump Studios were established in 2001

and specialise in retail, workspace, exhibi- tion, brand experience, pop-up, restaurant and bar design. It has clients ranging from Nike and Levi Strauss to Red Bull, Bloomberg and Starwood Hotels. Te prac- tice was named Interior Architect of the Year by Building Design magazine in 2013. Populous, with more than 2,000 com-

pleted projects to its name, has a portfolio that includes 90 global events venues, such as Wembley, Yankee and the 2012 London Olympic stadium. It has offices across the globe. Details:


The £1bn Swansea Tidal Lagoon – an innovative renewable energy scheme which could also feature an oyster hatchery, visitor cen- tre and watersport centre – has taken a significant step forward aſter the government granted planning permission. Developer Tidal Lagoon

Power’s (TLP) proposals for the world’s first tidal lagoon to generate clean electric- ity are being masterplanned by LDA Design. Energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd approved the tidal power aspect of the scheme this month and TLP will now negotiate how much of a gover- nement subsidy will be paid for the energy produced to ensure the scheme is viable. A spokesperson for TLP told Leisure

Te Tidal Lagoon proposal is being masterplanned by LDA design

of the masterplan, the lagoon would feature an international watersport centre and oyster hatchery, designed by FaulknerBrowns. Inspired by traditional fishing warehouses

Opportunities it will likely now need to apply for separate planning permission for the amenity buildings – as had been expected. Te leisure aspects of the site are seen as being key to the overall proposition. As part

and boathouses, the 4,000sq m (43,056sq ſt) building for the watersport and hatchery would include sports facilities, changing rooms and boat storage. Te project is also expected to feature an eco-focused offshore visitor cen- tre, which would include exhibition space. Details:

Public park unveiled for Battersea project

A new public park at London’s Battersea Power Station devel- opment will include industrial furniture in a nod to the site’s past, as well as event lawns, festival spaces and terraced gardens running alongside the River Tames. Details of LDA Design’s

24,281sq m (261,360sq ſt) park have now been revealed, with planning consent having been granted earlier this year. The architectural prac-

tice said that its designs combined “industrial ref- erences, traditional park features and London street aesthetics.” Two lawns flank a north-south oriented cen-

A new rendering of the Battersea Power Station park

tral axis, with events expected to range from theatrical performances to festivals. A riverside footpath and cycleway will also feature, while a pair of lawn-level belvedere spaces at each end of the park will offer views over the river. LDA Design has developed a site-wide fur-

niture palette, with large-scale pieces of timber and corten steel meant to reflect both the “scale and materiality” of the Grade II listed power station. Bleacher seats and steps will be cast in

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a coloured black concrete in reference to the coal that provided the fuel for the building. Large pieces of timber will also be used

in the deck areas for the riverfront prom- enade and reclaimed heritage items from the power station are being incorporated. Te park is due to open in phases, start-

ing in 2017. It is part of Battersea Power Station Development Company’s mixed- use development at the 169,968sq m (1,829,520sq ſt) former industrial brownfield site. Details:

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