The proposed building will not only act as a mediator, improving Eastwood House’s setting within a defined mature parkland, but will also open up routes and internal thoroughfares across important site-wide axes.
The building will be as public, open and free-flowing as possible and is ideally located within an improved centre of the park, with the area taken up by the existing building being given back to landscaping. The design of the proposed façades, in particular the south elevation, will be light, elegant and as transparent as possible.
This is in order to celebrate the public nature of the building, promote views through so the activities and internal routes are emphasised, and so Eastwood House is framed by high-quality sensitive materials at an appropriate scale, that create an interplay of being light and see-through yet reflecting back Eastwood House and the mature woodland setting depending on the angle of view or time of day.
Located at the heart of the building is the Community Library, Cafe and associated Kitchen, Games Hall, Gymnasium and flexible Fitness Studios, with the Swimming and Theatre uses ‘book-ending’ the plan arrangement on either side.
The brief for the new building includes:
Ground Floor Central Area Concept Axo
First Floor Central Area Concept Axo
Urban Beach Concept Visualisation
Theatre Seating Visualisation
Theatre View To Stage
Learn about the new landmark architecture
Details of the first class theatre, library and leisure facilities proposed for the new centre
Learn about how Eastwood Park will be redeveloped as part of the proposals
Information on how this proposal fits into the local planning context
Information on how this proposal fits into the Local Development Plan
Information on a range of studies commissioned to support this proposal