Blackburn College Leisure Centre

Eric Wright Construction has completed a 62-week, project to build a state of the art new sports and swimming complex in Blackburn town centre to replace the Waves Water Fun Centre.

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The new building will provide additional areas for future growth and recent new specialisms such as nuclear, energy and chemical engineering.

The two-winged development with a central atrium will house mechanical workshops and laboratories on the ground floor, electronics and chemical engineering on the first floor with levels three and four providing academic office space, study areas and meeting zones.

The inspirational working and learning environment will be fitted with the latest, top-of-the-range equipment, workshops and laboratories with contemporary ‘live labs', visible from the outside of the building.

The department will also comprise extensive chemical engineering facilities, hydropower rigs and nuclear laboratories; and high quality research facilities for marine renewable energy, chemical engineering, manufacturing, micro/nano systems and terahertz.

The building is set to achieve the new BREEAM ‘outstanding' rating to reflect industry benchmarks and to raise the bar for building efficiency in line with the University's sustainability and carbon reduction targets.


Client: Blackburn College / Blackburn with Darwen Council

Location: Blackburn

Duration: 62 Weeks

Completion: January 2015

Value: £10.7m