Hebburn Central scooped the Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement at the Civic Trust Awards bash held at The Swan in the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
The prestigious gong is given to the scheme that has delivered the highest standards of design whilst meeting the needs of its community.
The night served up double delight as Hebburn Central also received the nod for a Civic Trust Award.
The Â£13m facility, which was designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects on behalf of South Tyneside Council, opened last year.
It boasts a 25m swimming pool, a sauna and steamroom, fitness suite, sports hall, dance studio, soft play area, library, learning centre, café and customer service centre.
Cllr John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “This is a fantastic accolade to be recognised in this way in an international arena.
“Hebburn Central is a hugely popular facility which has had genuine community impact. Our aspirations for Hebburn are still very much alive and since this facility opened its doors, supermarket Aldi has confirmed its decision to invest in the town, proving that our vision to transform the town is still very much on track.”
The Civic Trust’s National Panel Chair, Keith Williams, described Hebburn Central as having “enduring elegance and fine community facilities.”
He added: “It is testament to a forward-thinking local authority client investing intelligently in its community.”
Lee McLaughlin, A Partner with FaulknerBrown’s said: “To receive both a Civic Trust Award in addition to a Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement marks a hugely significant moment in the realisation of a new vision for Hebburn.
“Our approach at Hebburn Central was to make modern community facilities more accessible by dissolving boundaries, whether that was between the building and its users or between the building and the town centre. We are privileged to have worked so closely with South Tyneside Council and the wider community on this project, which is a showcase for the positive impact that a bold and progressive piece of architecture and urban place-making can deliver. We look forward to its continued success with great anticipation.”
This year’s Civic Trust Awards attracted 264 international entries.
Of these, 58 projects were awarded either an Award or a Commendation. Hebburn Central received an Award and then went on to receive one of just five Special Awards.
The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art.