Purely refurbishing this 1977 building was not the answer in order to bring it back to life. A complete rethink of the facilities on offer and how they were presented was essential in what is a very competitive market. Whilst the project became a complete remodelling internally with the key design drivers being the introduction of daylight, the creation of space and a clearer internal organisation it also allowed the introduction of a number of low energy and sustainable solutions to both the fabric and the building systems.
The revitalization incorporated a wide range of facilities, including the creation of Europe’s first ‘Surfstream’ standing wave facility, ‘Masterblaster’ uphill water rides, several interactive play pools and Wales’ largest Fitness Centre, with cutting-edge gym equipment, aerobics studios and fitness facilities for the Under 16’s.
The multi-purpose sports hall accommodates a full range of indoor sports to County and Regional level, as well as concerts and a synthetic ice rink.
A Health and Spa-treatment facility with sauna, Jacuzzi, steam and beauty rooms is provided along with a café-bar, internet café, function and seminar rooms, crèche facilities, children’s PlayZone and a freeform 30 ft climbing wall.
The project was completed in February 2008 and officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in March 2008.