An East Midlands-based development team is celebrating the news that one of its projects has been presented with a Civic Trust award.

East Midlands civil and structural engineer BSP Consulting worked in association with Ashby de la Zouch developer LSP Developments, Tamworth architects West Hart Partnership Ltd, Nottingham-based landscape architect Dave Singleton, of DSA Environment and Design, and quantity surveyors/project managers Carl Dean Associates, of Sutton Coldfield, on Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre in Blackpool.

The centre, which is a three-storey development that includes three GP surgeries, PCT outpatient services, as well as a library, gym and swimming pool, has just received the Blackpool Civic Trust Award for best new build in 2011.

The award, which was presented by comedian and TV presenter Griff Rhys Jones, president of Civic Voice, has delighted the team, which also scooped an award in 2010 for a similar scheme in Grimsby. Freshney Green Primary Care Centre in Grimsby was named the HealthInvestor Property of the Year.

“It’s great news for the whole team to hear that Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre has jointly been given the award by Blackpool Civic Trust of best new build 2011,” said BSP Consulting managing director David Sumner.

“It’s been a very well-received scheme in the area and we are proud to have been a part of it.”

Award organisers said: “When considering the best new build category, judges normally make decisions based only on design and build quality. However, the reason for the inclusion of Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre was based also on the wide ranging improvement of community facilities to the local area and positive feedback from the local community.”

One of the more unusual aspects of the scheme is the way that water and drainage has been used creatively as part of the play areas. Rain that falls on wider parts of the site, such as on roofs and car parks, is channelled through the play area to make not only a sustainable drainage system but a healthy and fun play area for children.

BSP Consulting is based at Oxford Street, Nottingham, and also has offices at Pride Park, Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and Solly Street, Sheffield.

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