Knowsley Sports Park is a state-of-the-art new leisure centre and youth club for the town of Knowlsey, Merseyside. Wrapped in a distinctive metal façade, the angular form and changeable LED display create a dynamic building appropriate to its use.
With swimming a strong focus, the leisure centre includes two 25-metre swimming pools; an 8-lane competition pool and a 4-lane training tank, complete with moveable floor for maximum flexibility and accessibility. On the first floor spectator seating for 300 overlooks the main pool.
Further sports facilities include squash courts, two dance/multi-purpose studios, a 120-station fitness suite and a 6-court sports hall incorporating retractable seating for up to 900 for use as a multi-purpose events venue. All facilities are arranged around a central naturally lit social space.
The ‘OurPlace’ youth club is operated independently but integrated architecturally. It sits towards the front of the site with an active street frontage, which in both rhythm and scale integrates into the surrounding neighbourhood. A dramatic roofline and LED wall draws visitors from the street through a new public square towards the main entrance to the leisure centre.
The scheme was designed to meet the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating and renewable energy is produced through a biomass boiler.