Newry Leisure Centre - Phase 2

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Newry Leisure Centre - Phase 2

Newry Leisure Centre was developed as a two–phase design and build concept owing to site and budget constraints and is the first two–phase leisure centre of its type (in terms of scale and complexity) to be built in Northern Ireland. It offers a wide range of enhanced facilities for the local community and is accredited by Disability Sports Northern Ireland’s as an Inclusive Sports Facility. It also promotes high levels of energy efficiency using enhanced building fabric, solar hot water panels and rainwater harvesting.

Phase 2 of the project was completed in November 2017 and provides external changing for football and Gaelic pitches, café, sports halls, fitness suite and fitness studios. The new gym has over 80 stations and incorporates ‘Technogym’ equipment and a 47-station spin studio. Visitors to the facility are spoilt for choice and the success of the scheme has been verified with unprecedented footfall.


Programme and quality were achieved throughout the project and influenced by the following factors:

  • We appointed an independent Services Co-ordinator and Commissioning Manager prior to works commencing.  A programme was prepared for validating testing and commissioning of the many (and complex) services and regular commissioning meetings held.
  • BIM princples were used to co-ordinate and install the building services which included routing a network of ventilation ductwork for changing areas through castellated steel beams within the service voids.
  • Compliance with Building Regulations, particularly HTM standards for water quality and integration of water services was achieved though a detailed process of planning works, liaison with the Council’s leisure team and putting in place Installation Qualification (IQ) - Documentation Checklist and Operational Qualification procedures to ensure that all installations were properly verified at completion
  • Phase 2 was constructed adjoining the existing swimming pool which remained operational throughout.  Various break-throughs and interfaces to existing systems were planned and co-ordinated outside of normal opening hours to minimise disruption.
  • The site was registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and we liaised with the local community and parishioners on a regular basis to advise on progress.


RSUA Award Winner - RIBA Northern Ireland Award 2018

Universal Division Winner - RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018

Regeneration Category Winner - RICS Northern Ireland Awards 2018



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