EDAW appointed to steer sports village

EDAW has been commissioned by Basildon District Council and Basildon Renaissance Partnership to advise on the £35 million Sporting Village project.

The planning and design consultancy's role will be to help select a development partner to deliver the state-of-the-art facility and progress outline proposals.

EDAW will work with a team of specialist consultancies including Faber Maunsell on transport and environment, DTZ on property, PMP on sport and Gardiner and Theobald on cost.

EDAW project manager Jim Strike said the facility represents more than just sporting success. "It aims to contribute to the wider regeneration objectives in Basildon," he explained.

"It will be an accessible and inclusive facility that promotes health and well-being and economic and educational benefits as well as encouraging stronger and safer communities."

The scheme will be funded by Basildon District and Essex County Councils and the Thames Gateway executive of the DCLG.

The village will be located in the north of Gloucester Park. A 50m swimming pool, multi-use sports hall, gymnastics centre and athletics facilities are all proposed.

Due to be completed by 2010, the village may also be used as a training camp for the 2012 Olympic Games.

A contract notice for a developer will be issued later this month and the shortlist will be revealed in February. During this time, the district council and consultancy team will work to secure outline planning permission for the facility.

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