Image of water feature @ The Crown Estate / Rushden Lakes
Rushden Lakes is a £140m shopping, leisure and retail scheme in Rushden, Northamptonshire. Uniquely positioned on the site of the old Skew Bridge ski club, the development occupies 30 acres of prominent brownfield land and incorporates a 14 acre lake and SSSI woodland.
Working closely with architects HPW, the detailed design sensitively incorporates the lake and woodland, building on the landscape strategy initially prepared for the planning application. Setting a new standard in retail and leisure experiences the scheme boasts 230,000 sq ft (Phase 1) of retail and restaurant accommodation, a boathouse and lake for recreation and watersports, water features, and an extensive boardwalk overlooking the water.
Funded by The Crown Estate following its purchase from the developer LxB, enabling works began on site in 2015. The scheme comprises three phases with the phase 1 construction of three retail terraces and associated restaurants set to open in summer 2017. Phase 2 will commence shortly with the erection of an 14 screen cinema and leisure terrace, followed by the phase 3 construction of an additional retail terrace.
Developer: LxB / The Crown Estate
Architect: HPW (Phase 1)
Successful project design, implementation and supervision of phase 1 undertaken as a director at Ubu Design. Phases 2 and 3 direct appointment to Strata Design.