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Project Visitor centre and landscape master plan on disused colliery site
Brief Competition Entry
Location Cronton, England
Our entry for an RIBA national competition, made in collaboration with our affiliate practice in Liverpool, Brock Carmichael Architects. Located on the former site of Cronton Colliery, the competition calls for a self-sufficient attraction for local and regional visitors to help regenerate the area.

We proposed a Sensory Garden for the 21st century, an inclusive place for the whole community of Knowsley and beyond; A garden for the arts, science, ecology and industrial heritage; A garden to foster community cohesion through ecological regeneration.

The primary elements included a community building with an organic bar and restaurant; cultivated gardens and interpretive material mapping the footprints of the original colliery buildings; wild, natural areas, and an outdoor amphitheatre for theatre and solar-powered cinema. These would be the setting for play, relaxation, learning, therapeutic gardening and sensory exploration.