Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing & Leisure Complex

Ards & North Down Council

Client: Ards & North Down Council

Completion: January 2019

Value: £30m

Project Summary

Conceived as a leisure destination, the new Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing & Leisure Complex surpasses the conventional understanding of a community leisure centre, combining leisure, health & well-being and family activities. The facilities within the centre re-imagines the traditional demarcations between sports, games and adventure to provide a complete family and full generational offering.

From the moment users are welcomed into the heart of the centre via the triple height “street” they can instantly orientate and access all the key areas while being under the expert stewardship of the staff. They can move seamlessly between active participation in the extensive wet & dry facilities or choose the less strenuous luxury spa option. Social areas are strategically placed to promote time-out with a relaxing beverage as one observes the buzz of activity. This approach promotes full community engagement and has been reflected in the over subscription for membership since the centre opened.

As lead Architects the project was designed by McAdams in collaboration with specialist leisure Architects Space & Place Ltd. Following a traditional procurement process, it was delivered by Heron Bros. Ltd (Main Contractor) on programme and budget.


The scale and facilities mix at Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing & Leisure Complex has delighted both the Employer and the local community. The inclusion of a large tented dome structure covering 4 indoor tennis courts also provides an events venue which can be hired and utilised spate from the main leisure complex. Key features include:  

  • 25mx17m main pool with movable floor adjoined by a separate learner pool has been finished to a standard reminiscent of a private health club
  • A large “black box” space located directly of reception can be re-purposed every few years to reflect the latest sports & leisure trends. Currently fitted-out for indoors mini-golf
  • External play facilities including a skateboard park is over-looked by the café allowing parents the opportunity to enjoy a coffee whilst smaller children play under supervision
  • A modern luxurious spa is located directly adjacent to the large fully equipped gym providing the local community with a full exercise and relaxation experience

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