Springfield, the new Corsham community campus, is on target to be completed by the end of October 2014, with the new part of the building (including a new library) due to open in the summer. Many of those who took part in a recent survey to find out what people wanted to see in the new library also made suggestions and asked questions about the campus generally. To follow up those questions, here’s an A-Z list of planned facilities:
- Activities at Springfield
The new building at Springfield includes new multi-purpose activity spaces, meeting rooms and exhibition space. Information about what each space has to offer – and how to make bookings – will be available soon.
- Baby changing
This facility will be located on the ground floor.
- Bookable spaces
Different size spaces have been designed to accommodate a wide range of community activities, including stage performance, dance and movement and high-quality recording.
- Buggy parking
There will be space for parking buggies near the main entrance.
- Cafe Bar
A new cafe will serve hot and cold drinks and light meals, and the premises will be fully licensed. It will also be possible to order refreshments for meetings. The cafe will have a terrace with outdoor tables and seating, overlooking Springfield recreation ground and the landscaped campus grounds.
- Children’s play area
There will be a new outdoor play area for children, and a children’s area in the library.
- Climbing Wall
A new high specification climbing wall will provide eight stations and offer a variety of routes for a range of ability levels.
- Disabled Access
The new building has been designed to be fully accessible, with a ramp and lift access between levels and designated disabled spaces in the car park.
- Exhibition space
A sizeable area within the ‘circulation space’ has been designed to accommodate exhibitions, with built in hanging and display facilities and comfortable seating.
- Free parking
Parking will be free, with the length of stay normally limited to up to four hours. Two parking areas will eventually provide a total of about 150 spaces. Construction work will be phased – details of changes to parking arrangements will be publicised in advance.
- Free wifi
There will be free wifi access throughout the campus.
- Improved internet access
Ongoing work to improve the IT provision in Wiltshire’s libraries will provide improved access to the internet for those using the computers to be installed in the new library.
- Improvements to parking areas
New design features include separate entrances and exits for vehicles, and a clear one-way route will make it easier to look for a parking space. There will be designated disabled spaces and separate slots for minibus parking. A specially designated bay (set back from Beechfield Road) will accommodate coaches bringing school groups to use the pool and other facilities.
- Local information
The campus will provide a range of opportunities for displaying information, including notice boards and digital displays.
- New sports and leisure facilities
In addition to the climbing wall, Springfield will offer an all-weather pitch (already taking bookings), an extended gym and a spinning room . The health suite will have a new shower and improved changing facilities. New ideas suggested in the library survey have been passed to Wiltshire Council’s leisure service team for consideration.
- Public toilets
These will be located on the ground floor, within easy reach of the library and the cafe.
- Public transport
Provision of new bus stops and shelters on Beechfield Road outside the main campus entrance is under discussion, and bus service providers will be encouraged to use these to improve access.
- Quiet area
It will be possible to explore different ways of using space to allow for quiet areas or periods.
- Transfer from Community Centre
Community groups currently using facilities at the Community Centre will be able to move to the new building in the summer, when the Community Centre closes and work to complete the construction phase gets underway.