OOBE are part of the Willmott Dixon led team which designed the new £15m Oldham Leisure Centre which opened this month. 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. OOBE’s designs for the public realm create a dynamic and fun setting for the building designed by GT Architects and includes bespoke elements such as stripped granite seats, large COR-TEN planters and tilted light stacks which draw people into the site. At night, the scheme will continue to impress with subtle lighting beneath the seats and from the light stacks.

We are also working with GT Architects on the new £22.5m Edenbrook Leisure Centre in Fleet, Hampshire which achieved planning permission in July. In contrast to the urban setting at Oldham, the new leisure centre will be located alongside an existing 84 acre Country Park on the edge of Fleet. Therefore it was essential that our proposals for the landscape design relate to the surrounding setting and knit the new development into it. The curved, organic forms of the building have been reflected in the landscape where elegantly curved landform shapes the generous entrance plaza and amphitheatre. The planting design has been key to creating a transition between the open aesthetic of the pitches to the more natural appearance of the adjacent Country Park. Water attenuation was fundamental to our design which includes swales to filter runoff from the pitches and create habitats for wildlife.

Photograph © Alan Hamer