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Carmarthen Leisure Centre


Inspired by the the ‘21st Century Schools Programme’, we were brought in to help regenerate the local Carmarthen area by creating a leisure centre designed to bring the community and schools together.

The Brief

The entire scheme was based on merging two 1960s secondary schools onto a single site to help improve the services and education that local children would receive.

Along with the redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth High School, the brief called for a new leisure centre to be constructed to make up the heart of the site. It needed to comfortably serve the 1600 school population beside the local community and provide a further outreach to surrounding counties and visitors to the area.

Our Solution

By creating a centre designed around how the public would actually use the site, it has become a regional hub for exercise. We created a 25 meter, eight-lane swimming pool that uses state-of-the-art electronic timing with a spectator area and teaching pool.

The health and fitness suite includes an all weather playing surface, tennis courts, gymnastic and martial arts centres and a 45 station gym and fitness studio.

We also allowed for the commercial arm of the centre to extend further by creating spacious conference facilities for hospitality functions.

The site fully embodies the latest guidance and legislation on inclusion, sustainable design and subject areas and also achieved a BREEAM rating of Very Good.

Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)