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.
ABOUT US OUR VISION
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.
Completed in 2022MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US
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.
‘Down by the River’ is situated close to the River Leam, in Jephson Gardens, opposite the Royal Spa Centre.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US
When Victoria Park was chosen as a venue for the Commonwealth Games 2022 Lawn Bowling event a commitment was made to bring the facilities up to international sports standards.
The improvements included upgrading the bowling greens and bowl Pavilion; refurbishing the Old Tennis Courts; car park; creating a new outdoor gym; upgrading the children’s play area; repairing the Tennis Pavilion and public toilets; refurbished benches; litter bins; signage; perimeter fencing; minor tree works and planting.
The project made Victoria Park a spectacular venue that hosted the Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls event. It has provided a lasting legacy for the games.
Completed in 2022MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US
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.
SAE Institute are in the former Nursery, Cogent are in the former URC and the former Old Dole Office is now being marketed.MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US
The scheme includes the historic, but derelict, Stoneleigh Arms public house on Clemens Street in the Old Town. If possible the structure will be 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.
Some demolition at the rear of the Stoneleigh Arms has been undertaken. Further survey work is in progress. A planning application is due to be determined at the December 2023 planning committee.MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US
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.
Planning approval was granted in June 2023. The procurement process for the main contractor is underway. Site start anticipated around the end of Jan or early Feb 2024.MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US
Further Transformation Projects will be detailed on this website in due course as we further develop and expand the content over the coming year.
Please drop us a message and get involved in Transforming Leamington