Client: Willmott Dixon

Architect: GT3 Architects

Value: £18m


The new state-of-the-art Hart Leisure Centre designed by GT3 Architects has two distinct sides, wet and dry, with a central hub entrance linking the two and welcoming visitors. The centre includes a 25m eight-lane main swimming pool with movable floor; 25m four-lane intermediate pool; 20m fourlane teaching pool; wet side changing; 8-court sports hall; an eight-metre-high climbing wall; three dance studios; a fitness gym; dry side sport changing; cafe and crèche facility.

The new centre has an expressive structural design with long span roof structures in both the swimming pools and sports halls to achieve a column free environment, built from structural steel. The pool hall has an innovative tied arch roof, featuring an aluminium perforated acoustic deck with a suspended timber ceiling.  The pools are constructed from in situ reinforced concrete with simple pads and ground bearing slabs for the foundations.

Liaising with the landscape architect Engenuiti developed a suds strategy for the site incorporating detention basins and permeable paving within the car park. A foul and surface water below ground drainage network was designed for the site making an allowance for the outfall from the pool backwash filtration system.

Engenuiti provided structural, civil and geotechnical engineering services including providing detailed ‘cut and fill’ analysis of the site to determine the most cost effective levels for the buildings, roads and landscaping. The project has been designed within strictly controlled budgets and will be open to the public in Spring 2017.


Photographs: Nick Powell Photography