Concertus Design and Property Consultants Ltd
This development brings together an academy, pre-school, leisure centre, public library, health centre, and offices for Suffolk Police, the NHS, DWP, CAB, central government and local councils. The project's aim was to reduce overheads and create better cost and environmental efficiencies, whilst modernising facilities and providing flexible accommodation that could easily adapt to future changes. It has been designed for a wide range of people so every age group can benefit. Shared spaces reduce maintenance and running costs – for example the leisure centre shares first aid rooms with the health centre and the academy’s academic hall is used by the Council after hours. The accessible open external spaces feature planting, trees, informal seating, and flat footpaths. The design followed the strategy of ‘Be Lean’, ‘Be Clean’, and ‘Be Green’ principles, significantly reducing carbon emissions. The Hub has helped to improve the health, wellbeing, and education for the community.