Tensiles and LEGO® meet in playfully clever project

Steve Hayes’ latest creation is a representation of the proposed plans for the redevelopment of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool.

The pool had its heyday between the 1920s and the 1970s but has since sat unused, at the southern end of Londsands. The Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, formed in 2012 to look into the potential of the site, have commissioned this fascinating architectural model in Lego®.

Built by Steve Mayes of Brickthis.co.uk and incorporating conceptual tensile fabric canopies from Fabric Architecture Limited, the model provides a unique insight into the untapped potential of the outdoor pool.

Steve has worked with Fabric Architecture on several photographic projects of their tensile structures. Both are now looking forward to developing their relationship with future collaborations, combining a joint passion for “the brick” with Steve’s expertise in producing architectural LEGO® models.


A bespoke hyper system for elegant open-air dining preserving views of the course and allowing customers continued enjoyment of the races.

A 240sqm wave-shaped fabric ceiling was designed to create a smooth and undulating surface with atmospheric up-lighters.