Lakeside Activity Centre

Glenn Howells Architects has won planning for a leisure centre in Peterborough, featuring a dramatic peak that accommodates a climbing wall


Glenn Howells Architects’ Lakeside Activity Centre in Ferry Meadows, Nene Park, has obtained planning approval from Peterborough City Council. The 1,430 square-metre scheme includes a clip and climb arena, an Olympic-standard climbing facility, a toddler play area, cafe and private hire spaces for community groups.

The project, which is expected to create 31 new jobs, is part of Nene Park Trust’s 10-year strategy to become the region’s favourite park by creating improved leisure, recreation and cultural facilities for the city all year round. Inspired by the geometry and materials of climbing and play, the form of the building is intended to celebrate both the landscape and waterscape of the park, as well as form a catalyst for local community development, placemaking and sporting participation.


“The proposed design is a result of a thorough contextual analysis and comprehensive design process, and we hope it will be a welcome addition to Nene Park and Peterborough as a whole. The carefully crafted external facade, attentive detailing to the elevations, combined with the bespoke climbing space will together combine to form an impressive climbing centre,” said project partner Glenn Howells. “We are pleased to be part of a project that aligns itself to Nene Park Trusts’ Masterplan 2017-2050 that aims to benefit the people of Peterborough and represents an exciting proposal for the Park and wider area.”


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