Holder Mathias Architects presents regeneration plans for fire-damaged Lido
Plans to rebuild the Afan Lido, one of Wales’ first purpose-built leisure centres, have been unveiled a year after it was damaged by fire. Feasibility designs for the new £13.6m centre, by Holder Mathias Architects, propose a 25m swimming pool, a learner pool, multi-use sports hall, fitness suite and dance studio, as well as a ground floor café. The leisure part of the facility will be run in partnership with Celtic Community Leisure.
A ‘community hub’ is also proposed, which will include a library, ICT training room, youth facility, meeting rooms and a crèche. The proposals also include accommodation for 20 enterprise units for small businesses in the area. The new building will be highly sustainable, meeting the high targets set by the Welsh Assembly Government, and will be easier to run than the previous building due to its single reception point.
Ever since the building was damaged in a fire on 16 December 2009, the local authority has committed to rebuilding the iconic venue, which has played host to some famous names since being opened by the Queen in 1965, including Tom Jones and Coldplay, and was first managed by Richard Burton’s brother. Neath Port Talbot Council has begun a period of public consultation on the project, which forms part of a framework of significant physical and economic regeneration projects for the council’s Waterfront strategy.
Carolyn Merrifield, director at Holder Mathias, said: “We have worked closely with the local authority in responding to a brief that aims to create an exciting new building and, at the same time, regenerate the seafront by combining business, leisure and community uses. We were mindful that our designs had to incorporate the multi-use nature of the new centre, which will provide a number of different facilities and accommodation for a range of audiences.”