FaulknerBrowns has completed this cor-ten clad library and sports centre in Hebburn, south Tyneside
The scheme includes a 5,800m2 library, public sector customer service facilities, dance studios, community events spaces, a 25m pool, a fitness suite and a four-court sports hall.
The building has been constructed from off-site prefabricated composite timber structural insulated panels (SIPS) and clad in cor-ten steel.
The project is the first phase of plans to regenerate the existing town centre which has suffered from the effects of de-industrialisation.
Rick O’Farrell, head of economic regeneration at South Tyneside Council, said: ‘The building was intended to be more than just bricks and mortar, it was intended to create jobs, provide better services and most of all to stimulate aspiration for more than the mundane.
‘The innovative choice and mix of the external materials brings together the past and the future. The layout makes efficient use of space, helping to keep down build costs. And the internal design, particularly the location and transparency of the various functions, will encourage the maximum use of all the facilities, which in turn will maximise the building’s positive impact on the community.’
Location Hebburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne + Wear
Type of project community sports facility
Client South Tyneside Council
Architect FaulknerBrowns Architects
Landscape consultant Gillespies
Structural engineer Mott MacDonald
M&E consultant Desco
Quantity surveyor Willmott Dixon/ Summers Inman
Lighting consultant Desco
Main contractor Willmott Dixon
Funding Local authority/SCAPE Framework
Completion date August 2015
Contract duration 18 months
Gross internal floor area 5,200m2
Form of contract and/or procurement SCAPE
Total cost £12.8million
Predicted air tightness levels 2.0m3 (h.m2) at 50 Pa
Predicted energy demands 232.58kWh/m2
Specific environmental targets BREEAM Very Good