Belfast City Council appointed us to undertake an options appraisal for the potential redevelopment of the sites at Olympia Leisure Centre and Midgley Park (home of Linfield Football Club).
This project was part of the wider development of the adjoining NI National Football Stadium - a state of the art UEFA category 4, 18,000-capacity all-seated stadium delivered by Hamilton Architects for the Irish Football Association.
We presented seven options to the client, each with a different cost, planning implications and technical requirements, which provided a more integrated approach and improved access to the site. After extensive public consultation, a preferred option was agreed with Belfast City Council and stakeholders, including community groups and end-users, and we were appointed to deliver the £21.75m scheme.
The new leisure facility, which is located at the west end of the National Football Stadium, is circa 5800m² and comprises basement, ground floor, first floor and second floor.
Olympia is now helping to reshape leisure in Belfast by offering some of the most advanced leisure facilities around, including a 25m pool and learner pool, a 120-station fitness suite, 4-court sports hall and 3G pitch.
Facilities incorporate the first luxury day spa equipped with a samarium, ice room and treatment rooms, inside a council city. Also included are a community play area, boulevard approach to Windsor Park, and potential for commercial/hotel use and car parking.
Read about the official opening of Olympia Leisure Centre here.