Eastleigh’s new leisure centre at Fleming Park has won a design award.
‘Places Leisure Eastleigh’ has received the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South Regional Award. The architects, AHR were praised for creating “an open, inclusive space truly loved by its users”.
The building opened in November 2017 as a replacement for Fleming Park Leisure Centre, and has already beed recognised in three awards: for the benefit it brings to the Borough’s communities, for the excellence of its engineering, and as the region’s best large local authority commercial project.
The RIBA judges said the architects had “transformed the leisure centre model” and described the building as ‘impressive”
Eastleigh Borough Council Leader, Councillor Keith House, said:
“ It was clear that AHR were absolutely the right choice as architects and we congratulate them and the wider project team on the further recognition the centre has received. It has already made a huge contribution to our aim of promoting a healthy borough and is a great source of local pride.
The £28 million health and fitness venue off Passfield Avenue, is built to a very high specification and offers an eight-lane, 25-metre main swimming pool (an increase from six lanes at the previous centre); a larger learner pool with an adjustable depth that makes it accessible for a range of users; one of the largest sports halls in the South, as well as a huge fitness suite, studios, squash courts, soft play facilities and a café that opens up onto Fleming Park.
The Places Leisure Eastleigh development project was led by the Borough Council and co-funded by Sport England, who contributed £2 million to the scheme and England Netball. The Council’s partners in the build, in addition to AHR, were Interserve Construction Ltd and Arup.