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Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Astley Castle wins Stirling prize


A modern holiday home inserted into the walls of a castle in Warwickshire has won this year’s Riba Stirling Prize for architecture. Astley Castle was chosen


from six shortlisted build- ings including the University of Limerick Medical Centre, the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre in Northern Ireland and Bishop Edward King Chapel in Oxfordshire to win the award, which is the highest accolade the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has to offer. “Astley Castle is an exceptional example of


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Astley Castle was renovated aſter being destroyed by a fire in 1978 London-based Witherford Watson Mann


how modern architecture can revive an ancient monument,” said RIBA president Stephen Hodder, who also called Astley Castle “a real labour of love.”


Architects, designed the rebuild of the fortified manor house, which has links to three English queens and gained Grade II listed status in 1951. Details: http://lei.sr?a=G8F3y


DCMS appoints Owen as new permanent secretary


The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has appointed Sue Owen as the new permanent secretary. Owen is currently director general, strat-


egy at the Department for Work and Pensions. She takes up the role at the beginning of


October, taking over from Jonathan Stephens. “It is a great honour to be asked to lead the


Department of Culture, Media and Sport,” she says. “Te department has a big and exciting agenda to help Britain economic growth and quality of life.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=4T8P1


Health Club Award winners announced


Continued from front cover Tis year at the third annual Reader’s Choice Health Club Awards, the 400 entries came from a mixture of small independent health club operators, public sector leisure centres, hotel health clubs and some of the best known health and fitness brands in the industry, with a total of 40,000 members voting. In the regions, entrants were split into


Budget, Mid Market and Premium categories, ensuring clubs competed with their peers. Winners included Fit4less Dundee, which took gold for Best Budget Club Scotland, and Xercise4less, which won two golds in the budget category. Te regional premium categories were dominated by LivingWell, which won gold in seven of the 14 regions. Fitness4less also enjoyed success in the national categories, with golds for Best Budget


24 Mark Durden-Smith presented this year’s awards


Chain and Best Medium Chain, while Sandwell Leisure Trust won the Best Small Chain award and Everyone Active took the Best National Chain crown for the second year running. A list of winners can be found in the October


issue of Health Club Management. For more, visit www.healthcluboſtheyearawards.co.uk


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