Stokewood Leisure Centre

Extension + Alterations
Dorset Excellence Awards 2018

Leisure

Footprint Architects were commissioned to provide an extension to an existing leisure centre in Bournemouth for BH Live. The proposal improves the facilities for the gyms existing members, providing space for additional equipment and classes, whilst allowing the client to keep up with its commercial competitors. The extension is clad in charred timber cladding, providing a varied palette of natural textures and tones in response to the surrounding pines, whilst concealed glazing minimises overlooking and the noise impact upon the surrounding area. This contextual design approach allows the extension to sit comfortably with the existing locally listed building. The project commenced on site in September 2016 and was completed in June 2017.

charred timber cladding with downlighting under cantilever
burnt black timber cladding extension for a gym above a carpark at Stokewood Leisure Centre
burnt black timber cladding extension above a car park at Stokewood Leisure Centre

Testimonial

‘Excellent design for an extension to a commercial gym which has been very well received by the client, the operator and gym members and fulfilled our requirements completely’ – Bob Olding, Bournemouth Borough Council

‘Professional, engaged and very competent’ – John Davies, Centre Manager, Stokewood Leisure Centre

burnt timber cladding with detailing over a stairway for the extension above the carpark at Stokewood leisure Centre
Close up shot of burnt timber cladding at Stokewood Leisure Centre in Bournemouth
charred timber cladding with perforated detailing on the extension at Stokewood Leisure Centre in Bournemouth
charred timber cladding with detailing under blue sky for the extension at Stokewood Leisure Centre in Bournemouth
black timber cladding with gaps to cover staircase for the extension at Stokewood Leisure Centre
timber clad extension to traditional building makes a roof terrace at Stokewood Leisure Centre
gym interior with industrial exposed ceiling in the extension at Stokewood Leisure Centre in Bournemouth
charred timber extension above the carpark at Stokewood Leisure Centre in Bournemouth through the trees and bushes