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Refurbishing Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham

A modern, sustainable, refurbishment project giving back to the local community.

Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham is an excellent example of a modern, sustainable and accessible sports facility that meets the needs of the local community.

Back in 2007, The Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham underwent full refurbishment, including the addition of a new two-storey building featuring a swimming complex and fitness gym. The aim of the project was to create a modern, sustainable and accessible sports campus that would benefit the entire community. 

The design of the new building was focused on sustainable construction, with the use of locally sourced materials and the incorporation of solar panels and a biomass boiler to reduce the building's carbon footprint. The large overhanging eaves protect the pools from direct sunlight and harvest warmth from the sun to help heat the pool water. 

Project summary

    • Client: Tynedale Council
    • Sector: Leisure
    • Value: £8.5m
    • Size: 2,700m2
    • Completion date: August 2008

Striking exterior and state of the art facilities

The swimming complex features a six-lane, 25m pool, a 16m studio pool, and fun splash areas. The pools are designed for maximum flexibility, with movable floors and booms, and high standards of access for the disabled. The spectator seating provides a comfortable viewing experience for families and friends of swimmers. 

The fitness gym is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and provides a wide range of workout options to suit all fitness levels. The reception area is welcoming and spacious, with friendly staff on hand to help visitors. The café space overlooking the pool is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a healthy snack or drink after a workout or swim. 

The building's exterior features a striking series of mono pitched roofs that rise up in a series of steps, giving the building a modern and dynamic look. The new steel frame building is clad in locally sourced brick, which adds to the building's durability and practicality. 

The tapering glazed link corridor connects the new and existing facilities into one sports campus with a shared entrance. The finished building is a functional and stylish facility that will benefit the entire community for decades to come. 

The use of locally sourced materials, solar panels, and a biomass boiler ensure that the building is environmentally friendly, while the flexible pools and state-of-the-art fitness gym provide an excellent workout experience for visitors. The centre is a great asset to the local community and will be enjoyed by all for many years to come. 


“We have had an excellent working relationship with the team at Sir Robert McAlpine, who have delivered a high-quality product on time and within budget. Nothing has been too much trouble for Sir Robert McAlpine’s team, who made every effort to ensure that the adjoining facilities could continue to operate with as little disruption as possible.”

Lynn Turner Director of Tourism Culture and Communications at Tynedale Council

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