S&P Architects, the practice working with Zaha Hadid on the 2012 London Olympic Aquatic Centre, has won a competition to design Corby's new swimming pool.
Hailed as a 'flagship project' as part of the Parkland Gateway Regeneration programme, the £9.9 million scheme will create a 25m-long, eight-lane competition pool on the edge of the Northamptonshire town.
The development will include learner and leisure pools, a health suite, a 70-station gym, dance studio, squash courts and a café/restaurant.
Chris Barr, a director at S&P Architects, was overjoyed by the win. He said: 'We believe that sport can make a huge difference to people's lives and this is a key piece in the regeneration jigsaw.
'We are delighted to be part of such an imaginative masterplan. Our aim now is to deliver a swimming pool project which will make the whole community proud.'
Corby hopes to double its population over the next 25 years and the pool is just one of a number of high-profile schemes currently in the pipeline.
Plans for a new civic hub and arts centre by Hawkins\Brown - dubbed the Corby Cube - have already been unveiled.
The swimming pool is due to open in spring 2008. by Richard Waite