Our vision for the canal side at Leamington Spa is to ‘activate’ canal life bringing energy and a vibrancy currently lacking in the area. The buildings not only reuse space but the planned footprint of the building has been designed with ecological features in mind. High quality design will make the buildings a valuable addition to the Leamington business and social scene – this might be difficult to quantify but is generally synonymous with economic issues such as improved local satisfaction, productivity, health and safety. An economic driving force will inevitably bring with it a significant culture change for this part of Leamington. A canal side community bringing positivity, vibrance and a creative culture which also supports Warwick District Councils aim in making this area a creative quarter.
The investment with capital value of nearly £30 million will add value for the local community by opening up a space which is closed off by current elevations – an open public space to bring in the local community to a canal side culture. We are creating a community space available to all local residents with good pedestrian access. The mixed use development has been purposely designed with regeneration and employment in mind, this building will not only add economic value but also connect the canal to the street offering a unique proposition not seen anywhere else. We want the site to become an asset to the local community, bringing together business, social structure and culture to the area. We believe the development will enhance and add value to the canal side with a vibrant and energetic mix of people attracted to the area without loss of residential character.
Our design also supports a concentration of biodiversity along the canal side to maintain and protect these ecological features. The development – supported by the Canal Side Trust – will also use it’s proximity to the canal side as a way of radiating a positive culture through attraction of a diverse group of people into an area of Leamington which is rarely used.