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CLISSOLD SPORTS CENTRE, HACKNEY, LONDON

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This project comprises a 25 x 17m competition pool with spectator seating, a 25 x 13m teaching pool, introduction to water area and a sports hall. It also contains a health spa, a fitness centre, two squash courts, a creche and support accommodation. It represents an attempt to synthesise a sustainable sports centre, and one which has an urban responsiveness acting as a catalyst for localised regeneration.

Conceptually the building fragments into two, with cellular ancillary accommodation contained within a sculptural concrete-framed cruciform 'core' enveloped by a lightweight glass and steel enclosure defining the performance areas and reception concourse. The concourse is an extension of a new external public space between the sports centre and an adjacent school. From here all performance areas, apart from the teaching pool, may be seen, thereby offering clear orientation within the building. A cafe-bar in the concourse, together with the creche, may be used by non- participating public. The sports hall and plant-room areas are at basement level, thereby reducing the apparent mass to adjacent housing. Two squash courts and spectator seating are at mezzanine level. The fitness centre is at first-floor level.

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