£19m Newry Leisure Centre wins prestigious RICS award

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Monday, June 4th, 2018
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Newry Leisure Centre has been named as the winner in the Regeneration category of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2018.

The £19m leisure centre project funded mainly by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, was a two-phase design concept combining numerous facilities that were previously spread across the city.



The new state-of-the-art facility includes an eight-lane swimming pool with moving floor, vitality suites, a café, two large sports halls, fitness suites and fitness studios.

The building was conceived as an object carved out of stone, inspired by the beauty of the natural carving of the Newry and Mourne mountain.

Judges of the awards said, “Newry Leisure Centre demonstrates excellence in urban regeneration and design. The council, design and construction teams are to be commended in their development of a striking structure, which is a focus for the local and wider community.



“The project team have enhanced the urban fabric of Newry, proving the potential of further regeneration and town centre use. This project, constructed over 2 phases, is an exemplar of regeneration driven by stakeholder needs and consultation,” they added.

Surveyors for the project were Currie and Brown, architects were Kennedy FitzGerald and Felix O’Hare were the building contractors.

Michael Hannaway, Chair of the RICS Awards Northern Ireland judging panel, said, “The exciting winning schemes are all having an extremely positive impact on their local communities.



“The teams behind them have worked tirelessly and with an incredible vision to create projects which provide tremendous benefit across areas as diverse and important as healthcare, education, housing, the workplace and tourism.

“Through collaborating with other professionals, local surveyors have shown that they have the talent to deliver exemplary and in many cases world-class built projects,” he added.

All category winners will now go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2018 for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winners in their respective category.



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