Gateshead Leisure Centre

Location Gateshead, United Kingdom
Services Building services, civil and structural engineering and sustainable design
Sector Lifestyle 
Client Gateshead Council
Imagery © Gateshead Council

Keith Anderson

T +44 (0)191 213 1515

One of three refurbishment leisure centre projects for Gateshead Council under the Building and Active Future Programme, Gateshead Leisure Centre has been developed from Shipcote Baths constructed in 1944 , the dry sports leisure centre extension added in the 1980’s, resulting in a centre which was disjointed and did not flow. The client wanted a centre that was easy to navigate and welcoming for new visitors,the leisure centre and swimming pool have undergone a full refurbishment and re-planning of internal accommodation to provide a more integrated centre.

A light and airy centre was created with a central street running throughout the building by the removal of a number of floor slabs which opened up the centre. The centre now incorportes a 25m pool, two learner pools, large fitness room, dance studios, children’s activity spaces, 4-court and 8 court sports halls, a squash court, wet and dry changing facilities, staff accommodation, crèche and a large entrance hall and café.
The building has been awarded a Very Good BREEAM rating.

Headline sustainable features include:

  • High efficiency gas-fired condensing boilers
  • Combined heat and power plant sized to absorb all of the generated heat and power on site, into the site wide systems
  • Air source heat pump, heat recovery, technology providing heating and cooling in the fitness room and studio spaces
  • High efficiency ventilation heat recovery systems incorporating cross flow recuperators
  • Variable speed drives on fan and pump motors
  • Provision of pool covers
  • High efficiency lighting installations incorporating automatic switching

Initial plans for the Swimming Pool area of the centre was to demolish and rebuild as the Pool tank was 69 years old.  This was avoided by repairing the concrete including relining the pools’ wall and installing cathodic protection system.  The innovative cathoidic protection also increases the life of the pool tank by significantly reducing the corrosion process.