Client: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
Location: Oldham, Greater Manchester
Construction Value: £15m
OOBE was part of the Willmott Dixon led team which designed the new £15m Oldham Leisure Centre. The Council’s vision is that the flagship facility will revitalise the town centre and enable Oldham to hold regional and televised competitions which will put the town on the national sporting map.
A public realm project to help regenerate and revitalise Oldham town centre
OOBE’s designs for the public realm create a dynamic and fun setting for the building, designed by GT3 Architects, and includes bespoke elements such as granite seats, large Cor‐Ten planters and tilted light stacks which draw people into the site.
The existing levels have been used to create planted terraces and steps which double as informal seats. At night, the scheme continues to impress with subtle lighting beneath the seats and from the light stacks.
The design of the public realm needed to serve the activities of the leisure centre as well as instigating wider urban regeneration and attracting the local community. This was achieved through careful masterplanning that looked beyond the site boundary. Great attention was paid to the robustness of materials and detailing to ensure the scheme’s longevity and value.
“GT3 Architecture has worked successfully with OOBE for a number of years on a projects ranging from corporate headquarter office developments to innovative eco-masterplans and bespoke residential projects. On every occasion we enjoy the rigour and creative buzz that they bring, and our clients benefit from their collaborative approach both in terms of strong concepts and hands-on, personal service. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”
Simon Dunstan, Managing Director at GT3 Architecture