Blog: Featured finalist - The Source BMX Skate Park (Saville Jones Consultants)

08 June 2018

Preservation and Rejuvenation

Project location: Hastings

Construction product: Indoor BMX and skate community facility

The Source BMX Stake Park is a unique example of a historic disused building being brought back into use for the enjoyment of the community. Originally built in 1890 as a health spa and later incorporating a pool, The White Rock Baths provided a significant community and cultural role within the Hastings townscape and eventually closed in 1997.

Because of the dilapidated condition of the White Rock Baths, the scope of works was general – essentially to bring the building back into public use in a creative manner and within an economical budget. The project was delivered by a highly skilled team with the expertise required to overcome complex challenges and as a team. The underground nature of the building meant finding innovative technical solutions to cope with issues in the ventilation, heating, water ingress and public safety. Their approach to the design of Source BMX Skate Park to be collaborative with the operators, community, the client and the end-user.

To create the urban, industrial atmosphere, a light touch was required to the existing structure, which was cleaned and repaired as necessary, the choice of new materials was based on readily available materials without long lead times. This design objective has resulted in a kinetic, robust feel to the space – a feeling which reflects the exciting fast activity of BMX'ing and skateboarding!

The winner of the Preservation and Rejuvenation category will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner on the 28th of June 2018 at the Royal Lancaster London. For more information about the event, so to book tickets, click here.

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