Ashington Leisure Centre, Ashington
The Ashington Leisure Centre is a community and leisure facility that sets a high benchmark and precedent for design excellence, marking the beginning of regeneration for the town centre. Externally the building stands with civic pride facing the town centre. The scale of the large volumes: the triple height entrance foyer and pool elevation are fenestrated with tall glazed panels bringing elegance and emphasis to the entrance area.
In 2016 it won a prestigious RIBA North East Award. The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and members.
The building includes a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, a learner pool, and a six-court sports hall with extensive floor space and equipment for gymnastics and cricket. Other facilities include a high quality library which incorporates the latest interactive technology, a soft play area and a café, all clustered together in the heart of the building, to provide a calm, relaxing and modern environment to read, learn or meet friends. The centre also includes a fitness gym and a luxurious spa, and incorporates a number of artistic features including feature glazing inspired by the Pitmen Painters and a feature wall inspired by the mining heritage of Ashington.
Ashington Leisure Centre was designed by Ryder Architecture
Ryder, and project managed by Arch on behalf of Northumberland Council.
Councillor Val Tyler, Cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Northumberland County Council, commented: “Huge congratulations go to Ryder Architecture and the whole team that developed the designs for this magnificent leisure centre. The leisure services we are providing to residents and visitors are first class, but to be able to say that we are doing this from a building of award-winning design is even more special. I am delighted that Ashington Leisure Centre has won this prestigious architectural award.”
Cllr Dave Ledger, Arch Chair and Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “Our team has worked extremely hard to get the town of one of the best Leisure Centre’s available in the county. The facilities are second to none and as the first phase in the regeneration of the town centre setting the quality bar extremely high. The new Leisure Centre is an incredible opportunity for sports and leisure development in the town and surrounding area and we are pleased that the judges have recognised that.” Hundreds of residents and visitors visited the new Ashington Leisure Centre on its first public opening day, Monday 4th January 2016. The flagship leisure facility in Ashington is a regional centre of excellence for sport with facilities including indoor cricket nets; a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, exercise studios, and a six-court.
Northumberland County Council
Ryder Architecture, Newcastle upon Tyne
One Associates Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne