Attractions industry news

07 Feb 2018

Dramatic design unveiled for indoor Swindon ski centre inspired by railway heritage

Sports and leisure specialists FaulknerBrowns Architects have submitted a planning application for a major new indoor snow centre and leisure destination in Swindon, UK.

Plans for the destination include a 2,00sq m (21,500sq ft) snow centre featuring two real-snow slopes; a 12-screen cinema with the largest IMAX screen in the UK; a bowling alley; an indoor trampolining centre; a 130-room hotel; and a variety of shops, bars and restaurants.

The project is being developed by Seven Capital, and, if approved by Swindon Borough Council, it will become the seventh indoor slope in the UK.

The scheme, earmarked as a priority by the council, will bring back into use former-industrial land to the north of Swindon town centre known as the North Star site.

The land, which sits adjacent to Oasis Leisure Centre, was previously occupied by the Great Western Railway Works – demolished almost a decade ago to make way for redevelopment.

In reference to this railway heritage, the design of the centre’s sweeping roof structure bears similarities with curved Victorian railway stations, such as Bristol Temple Meads a few stops down the track from Swindon. Enveloping steel columns, vertical brick piers and a two-storey brick arched base also echo this heritage, with the latter creating a framework for shop fronts.

The two linear convergent slopes inside the building frame the corner of the site and form a backdrop for a circular rotunda, which contains restaurants with external ‘terraces’ on the ground floor and the multiplex cinema above. The main building and the rotunda are linked by a dramatic glass atrium which provides a theatrical entrance space to the complex.

This is the fifth indoor ski centre designed by FaulknerBrowns. Partner Russ Davenport said: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring our experience and expertise in indoor snow and leisure destinations to Swindon for this exciting development.

“The complex will bring a neglected site back into use and provide visitors with a memorable experience, both on and off the slopes.”

The practice are currently working on a host of other leisure projects, including a sustainable sports facility for the University of Portsmouth, an indoor waterpark in Coventry, a swimming and leisure facility in Derby and a regeneration scheme in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

<< Back

News powered by attractionsmanagement.com

HLF considers change to funding methods

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is changing the way it hands out finances for British projects, with the organisation considering the introduction of loans and corporate funding objectives starting next year. [more...]

Liverpool creates action plan as Unesco threatens removal of historic city from World Heritage list

In a bid to protect its World Heritage status, the City of Liverpool and Historic England have drawn up a heritage action plan, created to navigate the threat posed by a proposed development of the city’s waterfront, which could see it struck from the Unesco register. [more...]

Stirling Prize-winning Hastings Pier up for sale

The RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Hastings Pier, designed by architecture studio dRMM, has been put up for sale. [more...]

Thorpe Park announces plans for world first Walking Dead rollercoaster

After bringing global IP The Walking Dead to its popular Fright Night events last October, Thorpe Park has upped the ante yet again, utilising the popular brand as part of a world-first rollercoaster currently under development at the British theme park and resort. [more...]

Ecsite: How shopping malls can drive attendance in science centres

Ecsite – the European Network of Science Centers and Museums – has looked at how shopping centres and retail areas can be used to drive attendance at science centres, specifically through tailored edutainment experiences. [more...]

UK's longest treetop walkway wins planning permission

Architects Cullinan Studio and multidisciplinary firm Arup have received planning permission for the UK’s longest aerial walkway: a 400m-long (1,312ft) ribbon “floating through the treetops” of the Conkers visitor attraction in Leicestershire. [more...]

In brief:

Leisure Opportunities is doing an apprenticeship survey – take part here. #Apprentice #Apprenticeships #Apprentices [more...]
Esme Ward becomes first female director of Manchester Museum @McrMuseum @WhitworthArt @ward_esme [more...]
'Lates' events generate £10m a year for British museums and galleries @Culture24 @MuseumsAtNight [more...]
Bear Grylls plans to 'bring adventure to the millions' with new survival attraction @BearGrylls [more...]
Madison Square Garden Company reveal plans for London Sphere – 'the future of live entertainment' @MSGLondon @MayorofLondon [more...]
Public feedback sought for 'iconic' Old Street gateway designs [more...]
'A meeting of material and historical inspirations': Frida Escobedo to design 2018 Serpentine Pavilion @SerpentineUK @dadjaye [more...]
Increase in dementia-friendly tourist attractions could boost Scottish tourism [more...]
Southwest Wales holiday resort gets green light for £7m SkyDome [more...]
More news from attractionsmanagement.com>>
<< Back