Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub is almost 40 years old and during this period has had little refurbishment, leaving the building tired and in need of significant redevelopment.
In addition to this, West Warrington has changed dramatically over the last few years and has seen the development of Chapelford Village; 2500 family homes, housing almost 10,000 new residents.
Furthermore the Omega site, currently one of the largest building developments in Europe, is creating almost 25,000 employment opportunities in Warrington and is planning to provide a further 1100 homes and a new school.
In essence, West Warrington has changed since Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub was built and so have its residents and their demographic profile. There are more young families than ever and the fastest ageing population in Warrington, particularly in Great Sankey and Penketh.
LiveWire's aim as a Community Interest Company, working closely with project partners, is to plan for this ongoing change, ensure the site can meet the demand for children's swimming lessons and make sure the building is dementia friendly for the ageing section of West Warrington's population.
LiveWire's commitment is to design a Neighbourhood Hub that holds its residents at the heart of everything they do, providing a facility that will be inclusive for all, that West Warrington not only needs, but demands.
The plan is to build a new, bigger hub which will have both an increased footprint and floor area. The current footprint of 3960sqm will be increased to a footprint of 4328sqm. With the additional of a new 3G pitch, new tennis courts and an outdoor training frame externally, the whole a site covers an area of 3.2 hectares.
Extensive consultation was carried out with local residents, community groups and centre users in early 2015. A summary of the consultation feedback and responses can be viewed here.
The Plans for the new 3G pitch plus associated spectator area, fencing and floodlighting were submitted and approved by Warrington Borough Council in early June 2015.
The plans for the hub and other associated works were approved in early August 2015.
Plans for the new hub site include provision for a total of 418 car parking space; a significant increase from the current number of 262. The level of proposed on-site parking has been identified as being sufficient to provide for the maximum level of parking demand of both the proposed neighbourhood hub and the nearby Great Sankey High School. Proposals include short stay and drop off spaces for use at peak times and a proposed electric car parking space.
With the planned increase in visitors, a new main access road and junction is proposed at Lingley Green Avenue to the West of the nursery, which will take account of the existing school bus stops that are positioned to the East of the nursery.
The new hub will focus on providing a safe well lit environment for all users including easy access for cyclists, disabled users, deliveries and emergency vehicles.