Avoniel Leisure Centre

Belfast City Council

Client: Belfast City Council

Completion: November 2021

Value: £8m

Project Summary

Forming part of the £105m Belfast Leisure Transformation Programme, the Unique Selling Point of Avoniel is ‘outdoor sports and flexible indoor space’.  The centre addresses the lack of outdoor pitch facilities in East Belfast by providing a range of 3G pitches catering from grassroots to IFA Intermediate standard with male, female, DDA, home & away team, and official’s changing facilities all catered for.  A 240-seat covered spectator stand, covered MUGA pitches, and 7 & 5-a-side 3G pitches complete the outdoor facilities mix.  Two large interconnected multi-functional studios provides flexible indoor space with self-catering facilities available for events and parties.  Coupled with the nearby Templemore Baths Renovation, the new centre provides an excellent leisure facility for East Belfast.


  • Outdoor IFA Intermediate standard 3G pitch
  • Covered 240-seat spectator stand including DDA spectator spaces
  • Covered outdoor MUGA pitches
  • Outdoor 7 & 5-a-side 3G pitches
  • DDA and Sport England compliant changing facilities
  • Interconnected multi-functional studio spaces
  • Multi-use rooms
  • Self-catering facilities


Following on from our recent Lisnasharragh, Brook and Andersonstown Leisure Centres, McAdams took the design of Avoniel on at Stage 2 before novating to Design & Build contractor Heron Bros Ltd for Technical Design and Construction stages.  Throughout the design process McAdams worked closely with Belfast City Council and Greenwich Leisure Limited to ensure a high level of facilities were included to enhance the local community and align to the council’s city-wide leisure strategy.

  • The design focused on enhancing the health and well-being of the local community by providing a renewed facility with extensive outdoor sports provision.
  • Following on from the successful completion of Lisnasharragh, Brook and Andersonstown, Avoniel harnessed lessons learnt to provide excellent value for money.
  • Simplistic and symmetrical building form allowed for speedy construction time and for resources to be focused on the provision of facilities.

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