HAVEN Point was a hive of activity yesterday as the Gazette took an exclusive look around the prestige project.
It was reported this week that the landmark building is now set to open in October – six months behind schedule – but the state-of-the-art building, inspired by the coastline and the sea, features striking architecture, and stunning views across the harbour and the seafront.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Haven Point is nearing completion and its facilities are looking fantastic as the finishing touches are put in place.
“Throughout the project we have insisted on high-quality design, build and equipment.
“This will be an iconic building for the borough and will attract more visitors to our beautiful coastline.
“Right across the borough, we are making major investments and want the best for South Tyneside. This will be a place that everyone can be proud of.”
The new centre’s showpiece is a 25-metre, eight-lane competition pool, which is now receiving the finishing touches and undergoing final technical testing.
The main pool, which will be the only of its type in the North East, will feature the latest hi-tech electronic scoreboard with specially designed Omega Timing, so that the borough’s champion swimmers, like Josef Craig and Nicole Lough, can measure their times to 1000ths of a second.
Another feature is a moveable hydraulic floor, meaning the pool’s depth can be varied.
The finishing touches are also under way on the new teaching pool - which at 18 metres by 10 metres is larger than the usual standard.
That pool also boasts a moveable floor, making it possible for more people to enjoy a variety of activities at the same time.
The leisure pool features two flumes, plus a water play area for younger children, with bridges, slides, sprays, a bubble pool and a ‘bubble beach’ feature.
Parents can also enjoy relaxing in the ‘bubble spa’ area, as well as the nearby sauna and steam room.
Haven Point’s seafront location is emphasised by a meeting room with stunning views across the harbour towards Tynemouth Priory, as well as an outdoor amphitheatre, grassed area and viewing area.
The leisure facility also includes dance studios with high-quality sprung floors, and a gym with 92 machines which each have their own TVs that are powered by the person exercising.
South Tyneside Council is marking the completion of Haven Point with a new ‘get active’ leisure membership offer.
The new packages – which offer access to activities at all South Tyneside Council leisure facilities – start from £14 per month for juniors and £17.50 per month for adults, with the first three months’ membership free.
To find out more about memberships, go to www.southtyneside.info/leisure