SOUTH Tyneside’s new £16m swimming pool and leisure complex is to be named Haven Point.
Borough gold medal-winning Paralympian Josef Craig helped launch the name and logo of the state-of-the-art building on South Shields seafront.
The location of and views from the new development inspired its name.
The complex is midway between Littlehaven and Sandhaven beaches, looking out on the North and South piers.
The logo was designed to reflect the sweeping shape of the building.
The new complex will include an eight-lane, 25-metre pool, a teaching pool with adjustable floor, leisure areas with flumes and waterslides, a gym and a café.
Coun Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council and chairman of its foreshore working party, said: “This is the single biggest investment we have ever made in leisure facilities, and is part of our commitment to regenerating the borough and our vision for the foreshore.
“This complex will benefit the whole community, and we wanted a name that local people would immediately identify with. Sandhaven and Littlehaven beaches are very popular with both residents and visitors alike, so we were keen to make the connection with their names, which also indicate the centre’s location.”
The complex was designed by LA architects and will be clad with more than 21,000 specially imported handmade tiles, giving it a facade which changes with light and movement.