We are proposing a traditional townhouse-style building on the site of the former pub, to be in keeping with the surrounding Conservation Area, with modern twists to reactivate the frontage and flood the building with light and a feeling of space. The building has been designed to be a flexible new arts hub to accommodate a range of uses and occupiers, including a café/shop, maker lab, and private and open studio spaces.
The Old School will be restored, converted and extended to provide a multi-purpose education, arts and community space. Reinstated arched windows and character brick work, along with new entrances will link to the pocket park and arts hub on the Stoneleigh Arms site.
The creation of a pocket park in between the buildings will not only improve connectivity through the site but will also be a place for the community to come together. We are already engaging with community groups and local schools on how this space will be designed and managed.
The new development is planned to have a distinctive character and be a destination to pull visitors to the Old Town. It will support and link to the continuing regeneration of Leamington’s Old Town – uplift the surrounding area and be a catalyst for further change in the area. We also plan to encourage active transport and a modal shift away from car use, tying into a wider sustainable movement network and encouraging connectivity and permeability to and through the area.
You may be interested to view the Matterport 360 video linked below: showing the internal condition of the School House