Washington Leisure Centre builds community connections with Reynaers

The Sunderland community now has access to an exceptional leisure facility with curtain walling from Reynaers, a leading provider of aluminium glazing systems.

Putting leisure at the heart of the community, the centre underwent an £11 million development and was rebuilt to encourage participation in a comprehensive range of indoor and outdoor activities.

Washington Leisure Centre’s offering now includes pools and flumes, a health suite with a sauna and steam rooms, a wellness centre, a soft play area across two levels as well as outdoor floodlit synthetic football pitches. It also boasts a multi-purpose sports hall that can accommodate trampoline training to an international standard.

Thoughtfully positioned glazed areas from Reynaers enhance connectivity between these internal and external spaces whilst maintaining privacy for visitors.

The overall approach to the architecture is ‘soft’, with architects Watson Batty utilising a combination of timber and insulated composite cladding panels, with sedum roofing to knit the building into its green surroundings of Princess Anne Park.

The Reynaers systems incorporated into this approach are Vision 50 doors as well as both CW 50 and CW 50-SC curtain walling.

Vision 50 is a non-insulated flush door system offering solutions for high-traffic, ground-floor areas. The system provides the ideal combination of premium performance and ease of production, and safety can be maximised with anti-finger traps for added safety.

Offering unlimited design freedom and maximum transparency, CW 50 is a curtain walling system available in several aesthetic, technical and glazing variants to comply with all visual and performance requirements. Washington Leisure Centre also uses CW 50-SC, the structurally clamped variant.

Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers, said:

“The Reynaers product range is built with the end-user in mind, and the Washington Leisure Centre brings a wealth of opportunity and benefits to the Sunderland community..”

“The use of large panels is perfect for this contemporary build and floods the leisure centre with light, allowing maximised natural light and green views for physical and mental wellbeing.”

Prioritising the safety and experience of visitors, access has been improved with separated vehicular and pedestrian movement. Visitors on foot are welcomed through a tree-lined avenue, an informal ‘meet and greet’ area, whereas cars arrive in an expansive car park.

  • Fabricator: Hadrian Architectural Glazing Ltd
  • Architect: Watson Batty Architects Ltd
  • Contractor: Pellikaan Construction Ltd
  • Reynaers systems: CW 50 and CW 50-SC, Vision 50 Doors
  • Photography: Craig Auckland / Fotohaus