Leisure centre wins prestigious building award

receiving the award are (back row l-r: Ashley Cooper (representing the award sponsor Edward Cooper Young Chartered Surveyors), Councillor Mike Hall (Council Leader, HBBC), Councillor Amanda Wright (Executive Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, HBBC), B

Published Monday, 21 November 2016

HINCKLEY Leisure Centre has won one of the most prestigious construction and architectural awards in the Midlands.

The town’s new state-of-the-art facility, which opened this summer, was declared the best Large Non-Residential building by judges at the ProCon (Leicestershire Property and Construction) Awards held at Leicester’s King Power Stadium. 

In winning the award, the £15million leisure centre saw off competition from two other finalists - Leicester Riders Arena and the University of Leicester Centre for Medicine.

Council Leader Mike Hall, who was at the awards night to receive the trophy, said: “With this award Hinckley’s new leisure centre has rightly been recognised as an iconic building in Leicestershire and Rutland and I am sure that this stunning design will survive the test of time.

“The centre has now been up-and-running for six months and I want to pay tribute to the efforts of all of our partners, who worked tirelessly with our own officers, to ensure that the building opened on-time and under budget.”

Bill Cullen, Chief Executive Designate, added: “We are delighted to have secured this prestigious award which is a great accolade for the council and the partnership team at Places for People for the excellent work that went into designing and delivering our new leisure centre.”

Martin Anderson, Capital Projects Director at Places for People Leisure, said: “We are extremely pleased that Hinckley Leisure Centre has received this award. Places for People Leisure were awarded the design, build, operate and maintain contract for Hinckley Leisure Centre by the Borough Council in 2014, along with our architects, Roberts Limbrick, and construction partners, Pellikaan Construction.

"The three storey centre, which was completed in April this year, was purposely designed to complement its parkland setting in Argents Mead, incorporating natural materials, a green roof and a café which opens onto the surrounding park area. Hinckley Leisure Centre is truly an impressive leisure facility to behold, which encourages participation from all members of its local community.”

Also with Cllr Hall were Cllr Amanda Wright, Simon Jones (Borough Council’s Cultural Services Manager), Gary McStay (Pellikaan Construction) and Bastin Bloomfield (Roberts Limbrick).

Among the reasons why the judges chose the leisure centre was because it demonstrated a creative approach to property development in addition to design excellence, construction quality and innovation and visual impact.