Posted on: December 1st, 2017 by Donna Moore

King Alfred Leisure Centre

The design raises the shed like quality of many Sports and Leisure Centre into a visually engaging building that connects the inside to its spectacular setting. The design of this Sports and Leisure Centre, as part of a larger mixed use development, responds strongly to the visual prominence and exposure of the site. Choosing the western edge of the site for the facility elevates the building’s status, creating much greater sense of place for the building and the adjacent Western Lawns, displaying a strong local identity and making a bold architectural statement.


The building’s architecture, along with the residential proposals behind, responds to the contrasting adjacent environments – the geometry of the landscape, the flat plane of the adjacent lawns, beach and sea, enhancing the effect of the angular and folding shapes of the building, acting on one hand as a beacon for the seafront but also respecting the scale of the immediate urban context.


The plan of the facility is arranged around a triple height naturally lit “internal street”. This north south route creates an important connection between the main entrance on the street with a secondary entrance on the seafront leading to one central control point, and at the same time navigates the user between the different levels and forms a central spine, dividing the wet and dry sports affording views into various activities and generally assisting in the legibility of the Centre.


The centre includes three interconnecting pools – teaching, competition (25m 8 lane) and leisure – all with views with the adjoining lawns or sea. The facility also includes:


Reception/Cafe/soft Play/Creche

8 Badminton Court Sports Hall

Multi-Purpose Hall

Gymnastics Hall

Several Studios – Dojo, quiet etc – /consultation rooms

Fitness Gym and Spinning Room

3 rink bowls

Wet and dry changing

Project Client:

Bouygues Developments

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Project Status:

Design for a developer led scheme (2nd Place)

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