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Morpeth Leisure Centre in Northumberland

11 June 2024

Design: GT3 Architects

Location: Morpeth, Northumberland, England

Morpeth Leisure Centre Northumberland England

Morpeth Leisure Centre, England

Morpeth Leisure Centre now multi-award-winning with latest national recognition
A SPORT and leisure centre in Morpeth is celebrating becoming a multi-award-winning facility after winning the Community Benefit award at this year’s RICS North East Awards.

Morpeth Leisure Centre Northumberland England

Since opening its doors in April 2023, the centre has seen huge engagement from the community, with an increase of 200 to 260% in swim, gym and class visits, as well as a 165% increase in community members. The project has now won best ‘Community Benefit’ at the RICS North East Awards, and ‘Design Excellence’ at Insider’s North East Property Awards. This comes after being ranked as ‘best in the country’ in a Quest appraisal last year.

Morpeth Leisure Centre Northumberland UK

Bookending the existing high street, the centre sits at the edge of town beside the River Wansbeck on Gas House Lane. As well as offering sporting facilities – including a six-lane swimming pool and spectator gallery, learning pool, spa and fitness suites, alongside multi-use sports halls and studios – this facility acts as a local community hub.

Morpeth Leisure Centre Northumberland UK

Morpeth Leisure Centre was commissioned and funded by Northumberland County Council and Advance Northumberland, designed by leading firm GT3 Architects and constructed by Willmott Dixon. The planning application was prepared and managed by DPP Planning.

Morpeth Leisure Centre Northumberland England

Paul Reed, director and sport and leisure lead at GT3 Architects, said: “Perhaps unusually for an architect, our focus has never been on just creating a beautiful building, but on what a well-designed facility can offer the local community – although we aim to achieve that aesthetic finish too. Morpeth Leisure Centre compliments the town centre offering, and contributes to wider local efforts, which includes creating happier and healthier communities while supporting regeneration and sustainability.

“The continued recognition in both design excellence and community benefit highlights the hard work and dedication of the entire design team from start to finish. I believe Morpeth represents the next evolution in leisure and community building typology and it’s been brilliant to see what a positive impact it’s had, and will continue to have, for the people of Morpeth.”

Morpeth Leisure Centre Northumberland UK

At the heart of this project was inclusivity and sustainability, and a unique opportunity to not only provide a fantastic sports and leisure offering, but also a central place for residents to gather, socialise and learn. Offering a library, a customer service centre, a café and soft play with outdoor terraces and a poetry garden, as well as adult learning facilities, the new hub has been celebrated for offering residents a flexible and inclusive destination to support community and sporting groups.

Jo Robison, Director at DPP Planning, said: “As a true mixed-use leisure centre in the heart of Morpeth, the planning and development of this site was incredibly complex, with many factors to consider. Despite the site challenges, the whole design team collaborated to create an amazing building. The facility is not only impressive in its design, but also acts as a much-needed local community venue and a new attraction for the town.

With record member uptake and engagement in the facilities since opening, we are delighted that the new leisure centre continues to get recognised for its community impact.”

Morpeth Leisure Centre Northumberland England

About GT3 Architects:
GT3 Architects –, is an award-winning AJ100 practice with studios in Newcastle, Nottingham and London. The people focused firm champions an inclusive, sustainable, and engaging way of doing business that positions people at the heart of every project.

Working on projects across the UK and abroad, GT3 delivers specialist expertise in sports and leisure, masterplanning and workplace design, as well as education, civic, retail, and residential projects. The team offers architecture, masterplanning, interiors, and consultancy services, and has developed a reputation for creativity and innovation, translating bold concepts into elegant technical details and successful project delivery.

About DPP Planning:
DPP is an independent national planning consultancy successfully delivering planning solutions to clients across the UK. Operating from a network of offices across the UK, it offers national reach with local knowledge.

DPP provides planning services to clients across all sectors to assist in realising development potential and optimising the use of land, buildings and portfolios.

Contributing to every aspect of its clients’ projects in order to deliver success, DPP has become trusted advisors to some of the largest property planning and development organisations in the UK.

The company has a strong client focus and places emphasis on adding value, innovation, professionalism and providing solutions to achieve a successful outcome.

Morpeth Leisure Centre Northumberland England

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