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AJ Buildings Library: Bletchley Leisure Centre (1973)

Each week a selection of exemplar projects from the twentieth century are added to the AJ Buildings Library

FaulknerBrowns’ original Bletchley Leisure Centre - which contained a sports hall, squash courts, bowling green, youth centre, cafeteria, bars and a swimming pool housed in a distinctive pyramid-shaped building - was controversially demolished in 2010.

The leisure centre was arranged in a cruciform plan. A fully glazed central spine block was attached to three brick boxes - the main hall, the bowls wing and the gymnasium/squash block, with the free-form curved leisure pool enclosed by a pyramid constructed of a galvanised steel space frame structure, covered with double-skin bronze acrylic sheets, situated at the top of the cross.

A glass reinforced plastic (GRP) raised and covered walkway gave first floor connection to the leisure centre from an existing multi-storey car park. This main entrance at first floor level led to a concourse and arcade from which all of the centres main facilities where displayed.

FaulknerBrowns’ iconic centre was replaced with Holder Mathias Architects’ new Bletchley Leisure Centre in 2010. The sustainable sports centre, which was built as part of the regeneration plan for central Bletchley and uses a biomass boiler, natural ventilation and, rainwater harvesting, won the BREEAM Bespoke award in 2010.

Milton Keynes Shopping Centre in the AJ Buildings Library

View both the original centre and Holder Mathias Architects’ new Bletchley Leisure Centre in the AJ Buildings Library. The Library is a paid-for database of images, drawing and data for every AJ building study from the past decade and hundreds of exemplar projects.
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