The client for this project is Basildon Borough Council Development and Investment Team whom are looking into the viability for the regeneration of Pitsea Town Centre through the redevelopment of council owned facilities including an existing multi-purpose leisure centre, together with a dilapidated community building and an area of green space owned by the Homes and Communities Agency.
The Leisure centre is reaching the end of its life and is reporting a year on year decline in visitors; the building is particularly large and spread over 3 floors with parts remaining unused.
Services from the Community building were withdrawn in 2015 and the building is currently disused and boarded up, both these buildings occupy a central town location adjoining a large public square. The surrounding area has seen recent regeneration in the form of a large retail unit and car park, which has been taken over by a successful Homeware retailer.
The client is keen to build upon the success of the retail store with an ambitious regeneration project that will act as a catalyst for the future long term viability of the town centre, providing a destination where people will want to visit and stay. The scheme would provide for a new 600 sq.m building to facilitate a library and community hub together with commercial units aimed towards the café market. The floors above will provide for flats and the remaining open space to the front will form part of a high quality public realm.
The combined HCA land and land owned by the Local Authority will have a total area of 1.05 hectares and a budget build cost of £12M.
The client presented our feasibility study in support of a report to the council’s cabinet in February. The cabinet voted unanimously in favour for the regeneration scheme and we await our clients instruction to proceed to the next phase.