TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS

The overall Transformation Framework will contain a portfolio of projects which will be coordinated by the Leamington Transformation Board to ensure they all link up and contribute fully to delivering the overall Vision.

At this stage, the following are examples of projects that are currently underway or have recently been completed. A number of these are funded by £10M from the Future High Streets Fund which was obtained from the UK Government. We currently have a list of around 25 projects and the list is growing.

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VISION REFRESH & PARADE, LEAMINGTON

Two priority projects have been identified by the Leamington Transformation Board which are both now underway in 2024.

The first is a refresh of the 2018 Vision for the town centre. The second is preparing ideas for a Parade masterplan and concept.

Expertise has been procured to support this. LDA Design have been appointed to undertake both pieces of work and will be collaborating widely to inform the outputs.

Opportunities to get involved will be publicised both on this website and in the wider media.

Current Status:

The Vision refresh is aiming to complete in summer 2024. The Parade masterplan and concept is aiming to complete in autumn 2024.

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SPENCER YARD

Spencer Yard is located just south of the Pump Rooms and River Leam and is right at the centre of the town.

The aim is to bring disused Warwick District Council owned buildings back to life around the central Spencer Yard and create a new public space with improved connections from the town centre to the railway station.

The new scheme includes commercial office space and is bringing creative digital industries and new jobs to the heart of the Old Town.

Current Status

SAE Institute are in the former Nursery, Cogent are in the former URC and the former Old Dole Office is now being marketed.

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STONELEIGH ARMS / OLD SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT

The scheme includes the historic, but derelict, Stoneleigh Arms public house on Clemens Street in the Old Town. The existing structure has now (15.03.24) been demolished and will be replaced with similar and integrated into a redevelopment scheme including the Old School site on Court Street.

The Warwick District Council owned site is strategically located in the growing Leamington Creative Quarter. It is envisaged that the new scheme will become a  Makers Hub for a range of community focused creative activities.

Current status:

A planning application was approved at the 13th December 2023 planning committee. Demolition of the  Stoneleigh Arms is now complete and the roof on the Old School is complete. The slab for the extension is just going in now. Works will continue through 2024.

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TOWN HALL CREATIVE HUB

Leamington Town Hall is a landmark on the Parade and dates back to 1884. It currently features an assembly hall, council chamber and several hireable rooms for small events.

It is proposed to transform the Grade 2 listed building into a new Creative Hub offering a contemporary workspace to attract new and growing businesses that will benefit from association and cross-fertilisation of ideas.

The project team has consulted with stakeholders to explore the demand for workspace space and what services and support would attract budding entrepreneurs. Extensive technical work has also been carried out in developing design concepts.

Current status:

Planning approval was granted in June 2023. The procurement process for the main contractor is underway. Site start anticipated in March 2024.

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LEAMINGTON STATION FORECOURT

A new road layout and pedestrian landscape have been installed at Royal Leamington Spa Station’s forecourt as part of a package of infrastructure improvements.

The scheme embraced an enlarged and upgraded pedestrian forecourt and underpass, installation of new benches and lighting, improved pedestrian and cycle links within the station forecourt area, improved bus connectivity and dedicated bus bays, and improved links to bus stops on Old Warwick Road.

The improvements were made possible by a combination of funding from the Warwickshire County Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Warwick District Council.

Current Status

Completed in 2022

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SPA CENTRE PUBLIC ART

When residents were asked for their thoughts about Royal Leamington Spa, they said they are proud and protective of their green spaces and wanted to see more made of them. This then formed the key component of bringing public art to central Leamington.

Warwickshire County Council commissioned local artists and creatives as part of the Our Spaces initiative which features many projects to reinvigorate town centres across Warwickshire.

At the Spa Centre artists created a beautiful, functional sculpture with seating. The tall, flowing reed-like shapes constructed from Corten steel, echo the reeds growing along the River Leam. The seating is made from two giant pebbles inspired by the pebbles the artist found at the river while researching the project.

Current Status:

‘Down by the River’ is situated close to the River Leam, in Jephson Gardens, opposite the Royal Spa Centre.

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Further Transformation Projects will be detailed on this website in due course as we further develop and expand the content over the coming year.

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Transforming Leamington is led by the Leamington Transformation Board consisting of members from the Royal Leamington Spa Town Council, Warwickshire County Council, and Warwick District Council together with an Independent Chair and Advisory Forum convenor.

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