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Afan Lido building design unveiled

Holder Mathias Architects has unveiled designs to rebuild one of Wales’ first purpose-built leisure centres, a year after it was damaged by fire.

Plans for the new £13.6M Afan Lido centre include a 25m swimming pool, a learner pool, multi-use sports hall, fitness suite, dance studio and a café, while a ‘community hub’ which includes a library, ICT training room, youth facility, meeting rooms and a crèche, has also been proposed.

The leisure part of the facility will be run in partnership with Celtic Community Leisure, while the proposals also include accommodation for 20 enterprise units for small businesses in the area.

According to the design, the new building will be highly sustainable in order to meet targets set by the Welsh Assembly Government. Its single reception point will ensure that the building will be easier to manage than the previous one.

A period of public consultation on the project is being carried out by Neath Port Talbot Council, as part of a framework of significant physical and economic regeneration projects for the council’s Waterfront strategy.

Carolyn Merrifield, director at Holder Mathias, revealed the firm has worked closely with the local authority to create an exciting new building while also helping to regenerate the seafront by combining business, leisure and community uses.

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