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AJ exclusive: Wilkinson Eyre scoops Worthing Pool contest

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Wilkinson Eyre has seen off an impressive shortlist to win the RIBA-run competition to design the new Worthing swimming pool

The practice beat fellow finalists Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to land the prize project in West Sussex.The pair were selected for ‘follow-up’ interview ahead of shortlisted firms Thomas Heatherwick, Saville Jones, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Pringle Richards Sharratt and Ian Simpson Architects.

The new eight-lane 25-metre facility will also house a combined learner/diving pool, indoor pools with ‘rapids and flumes’, outdoor leisure waters, a health and fitness centre, café and crèche. It will initially sit next to the ageing Aquarena (pictured left) but the existing pool will be demolished once the new facility is opened.

Speaking about the victory Chris Wilkinson, director and founder of Wilkinson Eyre architects, said: ‘Worthing is a beautiful English seaside town with a spectacular waterfront and I am delighted to have the opportunity of designing a building on such an important site.

‘It is a great opportunity to continue the tradition of British contemporary seaside architecture.’

Previous story: Heatherwick on tasty shortlist for new Worthing pool (08.05.09)

Thomas Heatherwick has been named on an impressive six-strong shortlist in the contest to design a new swimming pool for Worthing, West Sussex

The designer, who entered the RIBA-organised competition with local practice Saville Jones, is joined by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Pringle Richards Sharratt, Ian Simpson Architects and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

The finalists were picked from 109 expressions of interest vying to design the new pool which will sit next to the ageing Aquarena (pictured). The existing pool will be demolished once the new facility is open.

The winning scheme will feature an eight-lane 25-metre pool as well as a combined learner/diving pool, indoor pools with ‘rapids and flumes’, outdoor leisure waters, a health and fitness centre, café and crèche.  

Worthing Borough Council wants to create a new ‘landmark’ swimming complex for the resort ‘demonstrating civic pride and status’. 

The winner will announced following ‘a final assessment’ on 25 June 2009.

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  • JustFacades.com

    great looking scheme, nice to see something this exciting in Worthing.

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  • It looks like something that's been interesting once, then put through a crusher.

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  • possibly unsuitable or offensive

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  • Highly contrived and fashionably transient - most people don't look down on buildings.

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