£22.5m leisure centre completed months ahead of schedule

Whitwick & Coalville Leisure Centre (Image: GT3 Architects & Kristen McCluskie)

A brand new, state-of-the-art leisure centre in Coalville has been completed five months ahead of schedule.

GT3 Architects, Metnor, Paragon and Envision combined to deliver the £22.5m project on behalf of Everyone Active and North West Leicestershire District Council.

The new facility, which replaces the old Heritage Leisure Centre in neighbouring Whitwick, includes an eight-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a teaching pool with movable floor, an eight-court sports hall, three squash courts and a 120-station fitness suite with spin and dance studios.

One of the themes central to the site’s design was sensitivity to its setting. Bricks sourced from nearby Ibstock, the LSE-listed building materials supplier, were used for the build.

The centre has already opened to the public.

Clare Noble, senior architectural technologist at GT3, said: “We were delighted to deliver this leisure centre so efficiently in collaboration with a host of great firms and contractors. We’ve worked with Everyone Active, Metnor and Paragon on a variety of leisure schemes and have a brilliant working relationship – this communication and transparency (combined with a lot of individuals putting in hard work) is what allowed us to accelerate the completion of the Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre.

“A good working relationship is exceptionally important to GT3. We aim to create beautiful spaces while delivering transparency, inclusivity, and added value – which is why collaborating seamlessly with our partners is central to our work. Our ‘people architecture’ ethos extends beyond the people we’re designing for to the people we’re designing with, too.”

Paul Sanders, head of community services at North West Leicestershire District Council, added: “Our state-of-the-art Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre is a fabulous facility for the district which, fits well into its National Forest setting. It’s a building we hope will get people excited about getting fit and active, and demonstrates our commitment to ensuring high-quality design.”

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