Cronton Colliery

Hub submitted proposals for a competition organised by the RIBA and The land Trust. The brief required us to design a self-sustaining visitor destination and public open space on a disused coal-mining site outside Liverpool.

Our scheme re-connects the site to the surrounding open spaces and towns through the creation of new habitats, green corridors and a public sculpture park. The wetland and meadow habitats nurtured on site provide one of many destination linked by a series of walkways and cycle routes to promote sustainability, education and health.

A new educational visitors centre was proposed to accommodate the site’s new users providing classrooms, a lecture hall, café and bicycle shop. The centre took inspiration from the historic colliery’s pitched form, with new chimneys, echoing those before, providing a landmark for the surrounding area and connecting the site to its roots in industry.