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Wilkinson Eyre opens £17.9m copper-clad pool in Worthing

Wilkinson Eyre Architects has taken the wraps off its RIBA competition-winning leisure centre in Worthing, West Sussex

The £17.9 million project for Adur and Worthing Councils features a 25 metre-long swimming pool, diving area, indoor and outdoor leisure pools and a cafe.

The practice beat Fielden Clegg Bradley, AHMM and Heatherwick Studio to win a RIBA competition for the job in 2009.

Wilkinson Eyre’s copper and red cedar-clad design features a saw-tooth roof and glazed facades overlooking the sea.

Studio principal Chris Wilkinson said:  ‘Our building seeks to draw on forms already present in the town, taking on the undulating linearity of the ranks of surrounding terraced houses and the breakwater groynes on the beach.

‘The building occupies a prominent location on the seafront, but rather than dominating the site in the style of a grand seaside pavilion, it sits informally, even playfully, within its setting.’

The contractor was Morgan Sindall and project manager Deloitte Real Estate.

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