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Middleton Arena


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Rochdale, UK Tesco; Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council £13m 2009 1

Project details

A new civic and leisure centre for Middleton.

Included within the 7,320 sq m building is a 500-seat auditorium, two swimming pools, a dry sports hall, a private gym, a dance studio and squash courts.
The curved roof wraps tightly over the building, with the high point above the auditorium fly-tower; other accommodation is then fitted around like a 3D al jigsaw puzzle. These elements are colour-coded both internally and externally to express and explain the various activities within the building.


  • a new facility to provide a broad range of activities including sport, drama and music under a single roof
  • to avoid the traditional negative connotations of municipal leisure facilities


  • has brought 1.3 hectares of derelict town centre into beneficial use
  • a striking facility for the whole community
  • provides new landmark for Middleton
  • awards: North West Regional Construction Award 2009

Integrated services

architecture, environmental engineering, landscape lighting, acoustics, landscape architecture