Construction has begun on FaulknerBrowns’ £12.8 million community sports centre in Hebburn, South Tyneside
The two-storey building will include a six-lane swimming pool, a learner pool, fitness suite, sports hall, dance studio, library and learning centre, café, meeting rooms and a customer service centre.
The sports centre will be clad in cor-ten steel to reflect the area’s engineering and shipbuilding heritage.
Lee McLaughlin, project director at FaulknerBrowns architects, said: ‘With Hebburn Hub we had a great opportunity to engage with the rich local heritage of the area. At consultation stage, public feedback on the use of a metal façade system was extremely positive.
‘There was great enthusiasm to embrace metal in a contemporary manner, whilst referencing much of the skill and craft in metal forming and manufacture which was pioneered in the area in the past.
‘We wanted the building to appear less processed, less commercial, instead opting to allow the building to naturally evolve its character through seasons and time, and above all, ensure that the project did not rely on heavy or constant maintenance. ‘
Martin Swales, chief executive of South Tyneside Council, added: ‘This is a key milestone in the regeneration of Hebburn and once again demonstrates our appetite for innovation and world-class design.
‘Hebburn Hub will showcase the very best in contemporary architecture whilst referencing the area’s industrial past. We’re looking forward to it taking shape over the coming months.’
The scheme is set to complete in 2015.
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 April 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