Atherton Leisure Centre

Atherton Leisure Centre

Appointed to provide a “Critical Friend” role by the London Borough of Newham, our team had a highly successful collaboration with the developer Mullaley and Pozzoni Architects to develop design proposals for a new leisure centre.

Client

London Borough of Newham

Location

Stratford, London

Size

5000m2

Value

£10.5m

Dates

2015–2016

Our role involved developing an architectural approach to the emerging proposals as well as being a key facilitator in the pre-planning CABE/Design Review Panel presentation in the run-up to a detailed planning submission.

Atherton Leisure Centre is located on the existing site of the vacant 1930’s leisure centre. The centre provides sports and recreational facilities for the local community including two pools, gym and exercise studio, as well as a cafe and crèche facilities. The key points which our team contributed to are listed below:

- A contextual approach, reinforcing the building lines along Romford Road and Atherton Road.
- Maintaining and reinforcing the landscape zones along Atherton Road.
- Respects and enhances the amenity of the existing McGrath Road housing
- Articulation of the main volumes: pools, gym, fitness studio, and the cafe.
- Northern and eastern boundaries were important considerations in integrating the Leisure Centre within the site.
- Cafe located on the corner for maximum impact. A transition for turning the street.
- Night views considered early in the designs
- Brick treatment unites the varying volumes

Gavin Miller Project Director for Rick Mather Architects

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