WilkinsonEyre’s Splashpoint Leisure Centre official launch

The recently completed Splashpoint Leisure Centre launches today, creating an important new public facility in a distinctive building that overlooks the coast in Worthing, West Sussex.

The £19.7 million project for Adur and Worthing Councils creates an exciting architectural addition to the town and provides an eastern "anchor" for Worthing Borough Council's Seafront masterplan strategy. It has been designed to complement and enhance its prominent setting, clad in a palette of self-finished natural materials selected to age gracefully in the maritime conditions.

The dynamic, fragmented shape is arranged to respond to the surrounding mix of built forms and landscape. The building's dramatic sawtooth roof, with its ranks of sinuous ridges, recalls a series of dunes that curve and twist towards the coast. This shape reduces the visual mass of the buildings and mediates the change in scale from the terraced houses that line the coastal road to the expansiveness of the open sea.

WilkinsonEyre was appointed to the project in 2009 after a hotly contested RIBA competition that attracted over 400 entries.