Newry Leisure Centre
Newry Leisure Centre has been designed to offer enhanced facilities for the local community, to achieve Disability Sports Northern Ireland’s Inclusive Sports Facility accreditation, and to promote energy efficiency through the use of enhanced building fabric, solar hot water panels and rainwater harvesting.
The new facility comprises a 25-metre pool; leisure pool; relaxation spa; wet and dry changing rooms; an eight-court main sports hall; a four-court minor sports hall with a recessed trampoline; a health and fitness gym; a handball court; two squash courts; an internal soft play area; a cafeteria and associated offices.
The facility is situated close to the city centre and accessed via a newly-formed landscaped plaza, developed to separate pedestrians from vehicles. The building itself takes its design inspiration from the local mountain context; it is enclosed in high-level cladding that complements the colour and texture of granite found in the local Mourne Mountains.
Currie & Brown provided cost consultancy and CDM services during the feasibility stage and throughout the pre-tender and post-tender stages. We worked closely with the design team, the council officers and elected council members, considering various options before approving a final development for the site. The first phase of construction was completed in 2015 with the second phase commencing in early 2016 and due to finish in mid-2017.
Our experience gained from the recent completion of similar projects within an urban setting meant we appreciated the intricacies of a leisure facility of this nature. We were able to address the many alternatives the client sought to consider, within limited time periods during the feasibility stage, allowing them to maximise their desired return from the scheme with regard to the functionality of the building and overall value. Health and safety matters were constantly reviewed.