[FIRST LOOK] Holder Mathias Architects has unveiled its project to rebuild one of Wales’ first purpose-built leisure centres, a year after it was damaged by fire
Plans for the new £13.6 million Afan Lido centre include a 25-metre swimming pool, a learner pool, multi-use sports hall, fitness suite, dance studio and a café. An associated ‘community hub’ which will feature a library, ICT training room, youth facility, meeting rooms and a crèche, has also been proposed.
The leisure part of the facility will be run in partnership with Celtic Community Leisure, while there will also be accommodation for 20 enterprise units for small businesses in the area.
Carolyn Merrifield, director at Holder Mathias, said: ‘We have worked closely with the local authority in responding to a brief that aims to create an exciting new building and, at the same time, regenerate the seafront by combining business, leisure and community uses.
‘We were mindful that our designs had to incorporate the multi-use nature of the new centre, which will provide a number of different facilities and accommodation for a range of audiences.
‘Not only do the designs maximise accessibility for all uses, but the central street will provide an active link between the carpark and the seafront. The building will also be far more sustainable than the original Afan Lido, which will help reduce its running costs.’
A period of public consultation on the project is being carried out by Neath Port Talbot Council, as part of a framework of significant physical and economic regeneration projects for the council’s Waterfront strategy.