Today, plans have been submitted for the new £1.8 million Dinton Activity Centre in Wokingham, designed by us, working in partnership with Reds10 and Delap & Waller.
The scheme calls for a new two-storey building that complements its natural surroundings and provides state-of-the-art facilities, an activity hall, changing facilities, teaching spaces, and a coffee shop opening on to a spectator terrace overlooking the lake.
The building’s features will be designed to connect with its park setting location, with the exterior clad in Siberian larch that weathers over time in order to blend in with the natural surroundings.
Late last year, Wokingham Borough Council launched its first public consultations for the plans. Should planning be granted, work will begin in spring 2020, with the new centre due to open in the summer. The current Dinton Activity Centre will continue to operate as normal whilst the new centre is constructed.
“From the onset of this project, we have been working closely in tandem with Wokingham Borough Council and the local residents to develop a well-suited replacement for the Dinton Activity Centre, which is reflective of the community’s needs and requirements. Feedback from the ongoing consultations and drop-in sessions have helped to shape the final design of the new centre,” said Alex Pullin, HLM Architects.
“We know that Dinton Pastures Country Park is well loved by our residents across the borough, welcoming over 20,500 visitors just this year. That’s why I believe it is so important that we continue to invest in its upkeep, which includes providing a fit-for-purpose activity centre that can provide enjoyment for our residents and future generations to come,” said Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure.