A new masterplan for Brooklands Park on the South Coast of England regenerates and transforms the park into a science and discovery destination, following the principles of learning, inclusivity and wellbeing.
Brooklands Park sits between the coastal towns of Worthing and Lancing and acts as a green pathway from the seafront to the South Downs. In the 1960s and 70s, multiple concessions and attractions including a paddling pool, model train line and mini golf course, brought many locals and tourists to the area. However, sections of the park fell into disrepair over the years, to which we responded with a proposal to re-imagine the park as a natural science destination.
At the heart of the project sits a café and visitor centre with a strong educational focus on subjects including science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The new masterplan also encompasses viewing platforms, improved pathways, re-landscaped sensory gardens, and play zones. When completed, the centre will act as both a gateway from the park’s east entrance and a focal point from the south, to attract visitors from the neighbouring and wider communities.
The design is inclusive and aims to facilitate social and physical wellbeing, providing a variety of flexible and comfortable social spaces, and the capacity to be used for larger groups. The new hub will be equipped with internal and external seating space, a café, toilets with baby changing facilities, compliant toilets and a changing place. The hub will serve as a semi-autonomous building, utilising sustainable resources and technology.