Wigan Life Centre award bid

Wigan Life Centre is in contention for an architecture award
Wigan Life Centre is in contention for an architecture award

WIGAN’s new town centre Life Centre is up for a major gong.

The public services hub, library, leisure centre complex has been shortlisted for a prize in the North West’s 2012 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.

The awards showcase the region’s top projects and developments in land, property, construction and the environment and the Life Centre has been shortlisted in the Regeneration category.

The Life Centre project has been 10 years in the making as part of the council’s ambition to transform how public services are delivered in Wigan Borough.

The multi-million pound development offers access to all council services in one convenient place. It has also helped to revitalise the local economy, bring new jobs to the borough and support local businesses. Last month, celebrities and local business leaders visited the site.

Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Smith, said: “The Life Centre represented our vision for the future and it is now fully realised. The centre is already proving to be a big success with residents of the borough.

“We have taken two buildings that were at the end of their useful lives and transformed them into something special.

“Through its iconic design and the impressive array of services it offers, the Life Centre is proving to be the standard-bearer in the new approach to public service delivery.

“I am delighted that it has been nominated for this award and we hope it is the first of many. Everyone involved with the project from day one to opening day can be proud.”

Two new swimming pools, a gym and dance studio opened up last year. The north site made public services and a library easily accessible in an Information and Learning Zone.

The centre has previously been honoured with Best Public Service Development at the UK Property Awards and the International Property Awards.

The winner will be announced on at an awards ceremony on Saturday, May 3 at Lancashire County Cricket ground.