New £12m Wellbeing Centre for Staffordshire

Posted on September 27, 2009. Filed under: News stories, Providers | Tags: |

The Gov Monitor | Source: Stafforshire County Council | 27 September 2009

A new £12m Health and Wellbeing Centre is to be built in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, after the council appointed the Wm Saunders Partnership to draw up plans for the complex.

The Newark-based firm was selected from nearly 40 prospective bidders to design the new centre, which will include an 80-station fitness suite, a 25m, eight-lane swimming pool, a 15m learner pool, dance studios and a health suite.

Treatment and seminar rooms and a café are also among the facilities planned for the Health and Wellbeing Centre, which is being developed by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council (NLBC) in partnership with NHS North Staffordshire.

Concept drawings for the proposed centre, which is scheduled to open its doors to the public in late 2010, are now being drawn up by the Wm Saunders Partnership before a planning application is submitted by Christmas.

NLBC intends to launch a public consultation to gather the views of local residents, user groups and stakeholders in order to determine the detailed specifications of the complex, which is earmarked for a site on the town’s Brunswick Street.

Mary Maxfield, NLBC cabinet member for culture and active communities, said: “We will be engaging with as many groups as possible over the coming weeks as we build up to submitting a planning application before Christmas.

What they say will be fed into the development process and will help the design team to determine how spaces, services and facilities take shape.”

Top architects in Newcastle appointed to health and wellbeing project

The Gov Monitor | Source: Newcastle Borough Council | 14 September 2009

One of the country’s leading sports architecture companies has been appointed to work with Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council on its multi-million pound Health and Wellbeing Centre.

The Wm Saunders Partnership – who have offices in London, Cardiff, Nottingham and Leeds – have been selected following a rigorous procedure which saw nearly 40 companies bidding for the prestigious contract.

Borough council officials made the announcement today as they revealed the design team for the project has now been assembled.

As well as the Wm Saunders Partnership, other specialist advisors have been recruited for a range of tasks including mechanical and electrical work and structural experts.

Simon Tagg, Leader of the borough council, said: “The Wm Saunders Partnership has some very impressive credentials and we are delighted they are on board.

“They have been involved in some exceptional sports and leisure design projects and we are sure they will help us to deliver a new landmark building in the town with truly first class facilities.”

The award winning company is currently working on leisure projects in York, Redcar, Louth and Malton. It has experience at numerous other locations across the country.

Cllr. Mary Maxfield, Cabinet member for culture and active communities, said: “The facilities mix has already been established and it will see a 25 metre, eight lane swimming pool; 15-metre learner pool; 80-station fitness suite; dance studios; health suite; treatment and seminar rooms and cafeteria.”

She added: “There are still plenty of issues which residents, staff and user groups will be able to have a say on.

“We will be engaging with as many groups as possible over the coming weeks as we build up to submitting a planning application before Christmas. What they say will be fed into the development process and will help the design team to determine how spaces, services and facilities take shape.”

Chris Holdsworth from the Wm Saunders Partnership said: “We are delighted to have been chosen and we are looking forward to working with the council in delivering a high class facility.”

NHS North Staffordshire is working in partnership with the borough council and part-funding the development to help to make sure that the centre meets the health needs of local people when it opens its doors in late 2011.

Concept drawings for the £12 million scheme – which is earmarked for a site in Brunswick Street close to Newcastle town centre – are now being worked on by the specialists and these will be used to help with the engagement process.

A preliminary discussion has already taken place with key stakeholders in the Council Chamber this week and more consultation will take place as the project moves forward.

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