Architects appointed for £50m Rushden Lakes plan

Artist's impression of �1m bridge at proposed Rushden Lakes scheme
Artist's impression of �1m bridge at proposed Rushden Lakes scheme
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Detailed design work can now start on Rushden Lakes, with the latest appointment being the team tasked with turning the £50m plans into reality.

Ubu Design has been appointed landscape architect for the multi-million pound scheme by LXB Retail Properties on the former Skew Bridge site near Rushden.

The company has already worked with the developers on the planning application, which finally won approval from the Secretary of State Eric Pickles in June after a long-fought battle by supporters.

In a statement released on the company’s website, it says: “Ubu Design are delighted to have been appointed by LXB as project landscape architects on the prestigious Rushden Lakes development.

“Detailed design work will build on the planning application previously prepared by Ubu.

“The £50m shopping and leisure development in Northamptonshire will include restaurants, major retail outlets and leisure facilities.

“It is predicted to create about 2,000 jobs.

“Occupying 30 acres of prominent brownfield land, the new development site incorporates a lake and SSSI woodland which will be sensitively incorporated within the design.”

Ubu Design is a design-led landscape architecture practice which works on a broad range of projects, including education, housing, large-scale retail and urban realm improvements.

The firm’s appointment comes soon after Barton Plant Limited, based in Burton Latimer, moved on to the site just off the A45. They have carried out enabling works on the site and have now started demolishing the famous ski slope.

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