Witham Leisure Centre
Braintree District Council
This £9.5m leisure centre replaces the former outdated Bramston Sports Centre with a 4,000 sq m state-of-the-art facility for the local community. This incorporates a six-lane 25m swimming pool, learner pool, spectator seating, wet and dry changing facilities, fitness studio, two dance studios, sauna, steam room, two squash courts with a moveable wall, two treatment rooms, café and reception area.
The distinct design provides a new modern, leisure facility that maximises the use of natural light and provides inspiration to the local community. The main double height pool hall is naturally lit by north facing windows and visually linked to the entrance by siting and sight-lines. The other key activity spaces - the fitness studio and dance studios are also north facing to benefit from natural light and physically expressed by strong cuboid forms which are externally and internally expressed as colourful solid boxes. The landscaped external area includes a swale and planting for sustainable drainage and car parking including disabled and cycle spaces.