The Alan Shearer Centre Hydrotherapy Pool, which opened last year, has won a Gold SPATA award for ‘Special Requirement Pool of the Year’.
The Alan Shearer centre, which is located in Newcastle, is a specialist respite, residential and social facility for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments. The centre is set in over an acre of private land and it is the North East’s only short break centre with its own on-site activity centre.
Our building consultancy and architecture teams designed and developed the luxury hydrotherapy pool facility for the centre, working alongside specialist pool designers and occupational therapists.
The pool includes a number of water features designed to provide sensory experiences to users, including a Jacuzzi, under water swim jets, massaging water shoot and alight up waterfall feature. A flexible lighting design provides users with the option to change the atmosphere within the pool area, ranging from bright lights or a sensory environment.
To support the luxury hydrotherapy pool facility we also created a fully accessible changing room with access to the pool via a hoist system and a shower trolley and body dryer to enhance the user experience.
George Penrice, head of building consultancy at Sanderson Weatherall Newcastle and Gillian Smith, lead architect commented, “We are delighted that the Alan Shearer Centre has been awarded a Gold SPATA award. It has been incredibly fulfilling to work on this project, and I am very proud to see what the centre is providing for families in the North East.”