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AHR completes £9m Levenshulme sports centre

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AHR has taken the wraps off this £9 million leisure centre and library in Levenshulme, Manchester


The 2,438m2 scheme includes a two swimming pools, a 220m2 library, and a health and fitness suite.

The building’s two pools can be separated from the main building by a glazed partition to allow for specific needs such as women-only swimming sessions.

In order to increase the brick-clad building’s visibility from the main road both the library and fitness suite have glazed facades which overlook the street.

The entrance, which provides a reception for both the library and the leisure, centre is marked by a recessed space.

Dan Barnes, regional director at AHR, said: ‘Our aim was to design a facility that meets the specific needs of the local community and in turn encourages people who might not otherwise have used the leisure or library services to engage. The Arcadia Centre is proving extremely popular with local residents. We hope that it will prove to be a valuable community asset for years to come.’

Levenshulme leisure centre by AHR

Levenshulme leisure centre by AHR

Project data

Location Levenshulme, Manchester
Type of project Leisure Centre & Library
Client Manchester City Council
Architect AHR
Pool consultant B3
Landscape architect Planit
Planning consultant none
Structural engineer BDP
M&E consultant BDP
Quantity surveyor Turner Townsend
Planning supervisor BDP
Lighting consultant BDP
Main contractor Laing O’Rourke
Funding Manchester City Council
Appointment North West Construction Hub Contractors Framework, Medium Value Contract
Tender date Framework contractor selection November 2013
Start on site date January 2015
Completion date February 2016
Contract duration 13 months
Gross internal floor area 2,438m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Total cost £9 million

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