Newry Leisure Centre in the running to win national title

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
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Newry Leisure Centre is in the running to win a national title at the 2018 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Awards Grand Final next month.

In May the £19m leisure centre project funded mainly by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council was named the winner of the Regeneration category at the Northern Ireland final of the awards.



On November 2 the project will go head to head with other top built initiatives from across 11 other regions of the UK to compete for the national title in the residential category.

Seven other winners from across Northern Ireland will also compete for the top title in their categories.

The annual RICS awards recognise exemplary built projects, and the teams behind them, that contribute positively to Northern Ireland.

The Newry development, a two-phase design concept combining numerous facilities that were previously spread across the city, 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 Northern Ireland awards said the project had “demonstrated excellence in urban regeneration and design” and that “the council, design and construction teams were to be commended in their development of a striking structure, which is a focus for the local and wider community”.

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



Chair of the judging panel for the RICS Awards, Northern Ireland, Michael Hannaway, said, “The eight exciting winning schemes from across Northern Ireland are all having an extremely positive impact on their local communities and we wish them the very best of luck in having their talent and expertise recognised nationally.

“The teams behind them have worked tirelessly and with incredible vision to create projects which provide tremendous benefits across areas as diverse and important as health care, education, housing, the workplace and tourism,” he added.



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