JJB Soccerdome, Royal Quays, North Shields

The site is located on Cobble Dean Road, North Shields, adjacent to the Royal Quays Shopping Outlet and the River Tyne. The development comprises an indoor football hall and an integrated two-storey fitness and retail centre in an ’L’ shaped configuration.

The football hall is laid out for eleven five-a-side pitches and the fitness centre comprises a ground floor gym with a 20m x 8.5m wide swimming pool and adjacent spa, with an aerobics room at first floor level. The remaining area of the first floor is given over to retail space.

Built close to the river, the soft alluvial ground was improved with vibro compaction in order to support the reinforced concrete continuous strip foundations and ground bearing slabs. The football hall is formed by a steel portal frame with two clear spans of 38m giving a building size of 76m wide x 132m long. The smaller steel framed fitness centre is 40m wide x 70m long on each of the two floors.

CLIENT: The Stadium Group