South Shields leisure centre wins architecture award

first look at the new Haven Point Leisure Centre, South Shields
first look at the new Haven Point Leisure Centre, South Shields

A SHOWPIECE leisure centre in South Tyneside has won a prestigious architectural award.

The £16m Haven Point Leisure Centre in South Shields picked up a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accolade at an awards ceremony last night.

The event, held at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop Steamer, saw several of the region’s buildings recognised for the excellence of their design.

Regional awards jury chairman Tim Bailey said: “A pleasingly wide range of building types have been entered for the 2015 RIBA North East Awards, with some very special highlights demonstrating ambition in the region.”

Haven Point, officially opened by Prince William in November 2013, was praised for its striking open glass-front design.

Within its first 12 months in use, 401,292 admissions generated £1.4m in revenue for the complex, home to a 25-metre competition pool and a range of other leisure activities.