The brief was to design an integrated community and leisure facility which would act as a catalyst for the town’s economic growth, social improvement and enhanced wellbeing.

Accommodation includes a 25m swimming pool with spectator seating, studio pool, beauty treatment spa, flexible six court sports hall, two multi purpose studios, cycling studio, gym with 80 fitness stations and a soft play area. Each finished to the highest standard befitting of an exclusive fitness club.

The centre is also the now the home for Ashington library, spread over two floors with an extensive range of books and digital resources.

A simple restrained material palette is used throughout.








“Ryder have shown creativity, innovation and imagination in designing the Ashington Community and Leisure Centre. The attention to detail demonstrated by the team at Ryder has been most impressive. ”Peter Mcintyre, Group Managing Director, Arch
“We are delighted with the design and delivery of the project and have no hesitation in recommending Ronnie Graham and his team -they have been a pleasure to work with, totally professional and reliable and we have full confidence in them.”Peter Mcintyre, Group Managing Director, Arch


Client Northumberland County Council
City Newcastle upon Tyne
Completion September 2015
Value £16m
Area 6,800sqm


Winner: North East Regional Award Royal Institute of British Architects
Shortlisted: Tourism and Leisure Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

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