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Witton Park Arena Shortlisted at Regional Civic Trust Awards

11th December 2014

The £2.3m Witton Park Arena in Blackburn has been shortlisted for the North West Regional Civic Trust Awards.

The architecturally-led design has been selected by the Civic Trust for not only design quality, but its impact on social change in the community. The pavilion is set in the Greenbelt and is part of a historically protected parkland. The architectural forms are a deliberate response to this, with dark cladding in sharp contrast to the trunks of nearby trees in the winter, and the shadows of leaves animating the same façade in the summer. 

Capita also provided; mechanical and electrical engineering; structural engineering; project and cost management; landscape; acoustics; and fire engineering services on the project which is now home to Blackburn Harriers and Athletics Club

The facility comprises:

  • Indoor 60m sprint warm up/training track (six lane)
  • Improved changing facilities
  • Warm up/education room/social space and club room
  • 45 station fitness suite with free weight area and associated changing facilities
  • Spectator terracing
  • Equipment store, internal and external

Blackburn Harriers’ athletes enjoyed success at London 2012 - Samantha Murray from Clitheroe secured a silver medal for the modern pentathlon; Burnley’s Sophie Hitchon broke the British record to qualify for the hammer final; and Chorley’s Holly Bleasdale achieved sixth in the pole vault.

Regional nominees will be notified in January as to whether their scheme has been successful at second stage and selected to progress for a national award. The final level of award recognition will be revealed at the Civic Trust Awards Ceremony at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London on Friday 6th March 2015.

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