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Breathing new life into a 1930s leisure centre

09 May 2024
Retrofit Agenda Stage
Retrofit Agenda

The Seymour Centre revitalisation project, guided by Westminster City Council, exemplifies a fabric first approach to decarbonisation and sustainability. Embracing the building's art deco origins, designed by Kenneth Cross in the 1930s, this Grade II-listed building will undergo a transformation to adapt its existing leisure purpose into a modern, sustainable community hub.

To deliver Westminster’s ambition the team employed a strategy of firstly understanding the existing building, to know what it could become, using the least material to get there.  The full utilisation of the existing building fabric was prioritised with interventions only where considerable user benefit could be achieved.  The community was engaged and underused spaces have been creatively repurposed to provide for their needs.  De-carbonisation was a key consideration, delivered through a major overhaul of building services and fabric upgrades. 

The result a 21st century resource for the community that preserves the buildings heritage and significantly undercuts industry best practise in terms of embodied and operational carbon.

James Redman, Partner - Make Architects
Amanda Sexton, Partner - Make Architects
David Starbuck, Director - Desco
Juliano Chapon, Technical Director - Pell Frischmann
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