Structural Steel Design Award 2014
Civic Trust Award 2014
WAF Awards 2013
WilkinsonEyre was appointed to design this new swimming pool for Worthing Borough Council following an RIBA competition. The new complex includes a six-lane, 25-metre pool, a combined learner/diving pool, indoor leisure pools with rapids, flumes and outdoor waters, a health and fitness centre, café, crèche and flexible space for other activities.
The main pool hall acts as a viewfinder, connecting the street with the seafront, and the building terminates in a series of glazed façades directly overlooking the water. This device creates a striking internal space awash with natural daylight. The environment was challenging – the saline coastal air, coupled with the humid pool area called for a resilient palette of materials.
The copper and timber cladding were designed to provide a robust envelope to the building and will gradually weather as the structure settles into its surroundings. Splashpoint was designed with the close involvement of several user groups and other community stakeholders, including a student run competition to name the building.
When opened in May 2013, the new complex welcomed an unprecedented number of visitors, with more than 54,000 people coming through the doors.