Eastleigh’s new leisure centre has scooped two further awards – this time for the benefit it brings to the Borough’s communities, as well as for the excellence of its engineering.
Places Leisure Eastleigh received an Institution of Civil Engineers South East Award in the Community Benefit category at a ceremony in Brighton last night (Thursday 19 July) in front of 250 senior industry representatives.
The award reflects the excellent feedback the Borough Council, who developed the centre and operators, Places for People Leisure, have received from users of the venue.
The awards highlight how Places Leisure Eastleigh is home to Healthworks, the Council’s flagship for promoting wellbeing and healthier lifestyles. Its inclusive design and facilities encourage an increase in physical activity, and tackle wider issues of mental health, social isolation and community cohesion. Places Leisure Eastleigh is also a family-friendly centre, with a creche, large soft play area, and party rooms. The building was delivered in 19 months without any loss of surrounding parkland and has been built to high environmental standards.
The centre also received the ICES Engineering Excellence Award at the event. It was picked up by engineering partners in the scheme, Arup, whose building engineers and technical specialists were involved from the outset, working with the Council throughout to ensure the community was at the heart of every decision.
The ICE awards are the latest accolades received by Places Leisure Eastleigh. The centre was recently named Best Large Commercial Project in the LABC South East Building Excellence Awards 2018 – awarded by the Local Authority Building Control professional body.
The £28 million health and fitness venue, off Passfield Avenue, opened in November last year. It 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.
Places Leisure Eastleigh was co-funded by Sport England, who contributed £2 million to the scheme. The Council’s partners in the build are Interserve Construction Ltd, AHR Architects Ltd, who designed the centre, as well as Arup.