KMB designs for special needs

Architectural practice KMB Associates has been appointed to supervise the building of a new £6.35m sports stadium in Boston, Lincolnshire. The centre is being designed to cater for both able-bodied and disabled athletes.

The 14ha development will also include designated space for disabled spectators. There will be ramped access to all entrances and exits, lowered reception desks and Braille signage at wheelchair height.

Specially-adapted changing rooms and a hoist in the swimming pool will also be included at the 1700-seat venue, which is due to open in early 2001.

No additional design groups have been appointed, as KMB is “99.5 per cent sure” to be creating the stadium’s corporate identity when a brief is released in a year’s time, according to a consultancy spokesman.

KMB senior partner Kevin Baxter says: “We couldn’t have wished for a better project – a design challenge, a new concept, a worthy cause, a project local to us with international profile and one which reaches across all of our services.”

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