Hebburn leisure centre receives prestigious architectural award

Hebburn Central
Hebburn Central

South Tyneside's new leisure centre has been honoured at a prestigious architectural awards ceremony this evening

Hebburn Central was one of five North East buildings to win Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North East Awards at a ceremony held at Newcastle's As You Like It in recognition of their architectural excellence.

The state-of the-art new Hebburn Central, which features a 25 metre pool, fitness suite and library, was officially opened in June by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse and Paralympic Gold Medallist, Josef Craig. and attracted more than 45,000 new leisure admissions over the first three months.

Grace Choi, RIBA North East awards jury chairman, said ‘There have been such a broad spectrum of entries to this year's RIBA North East awards 2016.

"It was a delight for the judges to visit a variety of buildings, from significant regeneration projects, community/ leisure centres, serviced office spaces and luxury private houses to a delicate glass house and intimate cafe.

"There is no doubt that the region is producing exemplary architecture from both well-established practices and new emerging talent’

RIBA North East Award winners will also be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced on Wednesday July 6.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.