NOTTINGHAM-based Leonard Design Architects has been appointed by Harworth Estates to provide the masterplan for the regeneration of Thoresby Colliery.
The locally designed masterplan will transform the site which was one of the last UK deep coal mines. Acknowledging the history and reflecting the character of the site has been central to the plan and achieved through a sensitive balance of new housing, leisure facilities, green space, and employment opportunities.
The masterplan, which was revealed at the first public consultation in July, includes a residential area, retirement village, school, 25-acre business park, and 350-acre country park. When complete, it’s hoped the regeneration will support at least 500 new jobs.
David Leonard, director at Leonard Design Architects, said: “The regeneration of Thoresby Colliery will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the local area – it’s an incredibly exciting project for us as a practice that’s proudly based in Nottingham with experience of delivering projects across the world.
“The masterplan has always been about thinking differently to work with the clear historic identity that’s already present; the challenge was to deliver a balance that was right for everyone.
“The impressive green space maximises the views that stretch out towards Lincoln Cathedral, supported by improved infrastructure, housing, and job opportunities. Maintaining some of the site’s original features, such as the workshop, was also important and reflects the vision of ourselves and Harworth Estates to bring forward a high-quality development for the benefit of local people.”
An outline planning application will be submitted later this year.