Stromness is noticeably split into two sides, the main town position to the east and the ever-growing developments on the over side facing the west. Between each half a high school sits central at the peak of the unsheltered bay. The master plan introduces many new designs that will help improve Stromness immensely, particularly a sports centre, business hubs and affordable housing. These designs are predominantly situated along the shoreline to help create a visible connection between the two sides and to increase the amount of sheltered space within the town. All aspect of this proposal aims to renew the strong sense of community that is so apparent throughout the island of Orkney.
The bridge if a fundamental part of the whole master plan as it creates a direct link between both sides. Literally reconnecting the route to complete the community and providing a new direction of access round thru town. The main low road in Stromness connect to the bridge at the point where the old ferry terminal was located; on the west side the bridge join to the new road and provides access to the new ferry terminal and the proposed public sports sports centre. At each end the bridge meets a different functional space. This design aims to encourage and promote a safe, healthier method of transport and a direct route across to the other side of the town. It will also enable easy access for the exportation and importation of products and encourage the expansion and raise the tourist appeal of the island.
In order to accommodate for the continuous movement of boats through the bay one section of the bridge will open to create an entrance and help to control the flow of marine traffic. This mechanism will be one of the main focal points and will allow visitors and pedestrians to watch the boat pass through from the restaurant and the viewpoint on the walkway. Splitting diagonally the two raised halves will symbolise the sails of boats once opened and aesthetically will create a significantly stroking feature.
The project revolves around the idea of creating a facility for the local people in Orkney which would incorporate a variety of multi-purpose areas, including courts for various sports, studio areas and classes.
The site is located on the new developing area of Stromness in the east side of the Amdavoe and will be easily connected to the centre of Stromness by the new bridge included in our masterplan. The location of the project is ideal to provide easy access to the water from the building itself and the parking areas adjacent. The project also benefits from being close to both the old town and the new residential development on the East side of the hAmdavoe.
The project will include a clubhouse which would become an important hub for sailing, rowing and kayaking where people can meet, learn and share their knowledge as well as store their equipment. The project will provide indoor and outdoor storage for boats, easy access to the water with related parking for cars and trailers. The gym is located on the lower floor with a view focused towards the water and the centre of Stromness, with changing rooms and studio spaces on the upper floor. The lower floor also accommodates a sports hall which can be used for different activities and is directly overlooked by the main hall on the upper floor. The circulation area overlooking the sports hall will also include a floor to ceiling glass wall with the opportunity to have retractable seating which would be pulled out from the lower floor and provide direct access from the upper towards the lower floor with glass doors that would open up in case of bigger events.