The team selected for the £2m contract will design and deliver a new standard Passivhaus in the Village Way car park in the center of the historic village 13km south-east of Guildford.
The project will present a “high quality signature building” that aims to make a positive impact on the local public sphere and entice new visitors to the facility. The proposals must also support the council’s commitment to be net zero carbon by 2030.
According to the brief: ‘This is one of the most important new buildings in Cranley. As such, in addition to meeting the requirements as a leisure facility, it is also important to consider how this building’s impact on the overall aesthetic of Cranleigh can be maximized, as well as how it will fit within its context, so as to maximize the public realm.
This includes the look and feel of the public street and its surroundings, reviving the city, maximizing opportunities for interaction between residents, maximizing the use of open spaces, allowing for pop-up events, and so on. From re-providing an entertainment center.
The new facility should also be an integrated health and wellbeing centre, part of an emerging campus that seeks to better connect community, health and other services in Cranleigh. The new building will thus form a vital hub for this broader ambition.
Cranley is a small village with a population of around 11,000. Local landmarks include the 130-year-old Mann department store with its headquarters in Camden vPPR completed a new coffee shop six years ago. Complete allies and new Morrison Van Hasselt Center at Cranley Private School three years ago.
The latter project will create a new leisure center for the settlement on the site of an existing car park adjacent to the existing Cranley Leisure Centre. The winner of the single phase purchase may also be invited to work on two smaller expansion projects to existing facilities in Farnham and Godalming at a later date.
Bids will be evaluated 50 percent on quality and 50 percent on price. Applicants must have occupational compensation of £5m, general liability insurance of £5m and employer liability cover of £10m.