Port Talbot Leisure Centre, Wales

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council developed the brief as the original facility was destroyed by fire in 2009.  Situated along the iconic Aberavon seafront, the site contained an existing shell building originally designed to house a Bowling Alley. The decision to incorporate the existing structure of the shell building into the new facility was a requirement of the client’s brief. Given the context and site constraints, these aspects heavily influenced the evolution of the design and internal layout.

The existing building perimeter was too restricted to accommodate the 8-lane swimming pool but could house the sports hall dimensions albeit with the roof raised in this area. Beginning with this fundamental parameter, the design was developed as an integrated facility which has three identifiable building zones:

  • – The re-clad and re-roofed existing building with structural alterations.
  • – A ‘back of house’ extension incorporating mostly plant etc.
  • – The swimming pools and reception ‘block’ presenting the main public face of the facility.


The 66,400sqft complex includes the following leisure facilities:

  • - 8 lane, 25m swimming pool with rising boom and moving floor with a 100-seat spectator gallery.
  • - Learner/Splash pool
  • - 4 court multi-purpose sports hall with spectator seating for 100 spectators. Sports hall designed to accommodate Badminton, Basketball, 5-a-side football, Netball, Volleyball and Gymnastics
  • - 100 station fitness suite
  • - Combined dance studio/dojo
  • - Appropriate changing facilities
  • - Youth club facility
  • - Indoor children’s soft play area
  • - Community meeting rooms
  • - Café
  • - And associated ancillary accommodation.

Environmental sustainability was a core brief requirement with the scheme achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’.