The new Ashington Leisure Centre has already achieved a regional accolade.
The building, which opened in January, was one of the five winners at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North East Awards in Jesmond, Newcastle, last Friday.
Judges visited the short-listed entries to assess their architectural excellence.
The Ashington facility, which was built to designs by Ryder Architecture, includes a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, a learner pool, and a six-court sports hall with extensive floor space and equipment for gymnastics and cricket.
Other attractions include a high quality library that incorporates the latest interactive technology.
The building’s designs incorporate a number of artistic features, including feature windows inspired by the Pitmen Painters.
Arch, established by Northumberland County Council as an arms-length organisation to drive capital economic development, physical regeneration, business growth and attract investment, delivered the £20million project on behalf of the authority.
Coun Val Tyler, the council’s cabinet member for arts, culture and leisure, said: “Huge congratulations go to Ryder Architecture and the whole team that developed the designs for this magnificent leisure centre.
“The leisure services we are providing to residents and visitors are first class, but to be able to say that we are doing this from a building of award-winning design is even more special.”
She added: “I am delighted that Ashington Leisure Centre has won this prestigious award.”
The centre in Lintonville Terrace also features two spacious air conditioned studios offering a full range of fitness classes, a soft play area, a cafe and a luxurious Tranquillity Spa.
For more information about these features and what else the facility has to offer, visit www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/leisure-facilities/ashington-leisure-centre-new