Last month, Chelmsford City Council announced that Pick Everard – a leading independent management, design and construction consultancy – had been appointed to design the city’s new swimming pool complex. Designs are progressing well and the council is delighted to be able to share these latest design ‘concepts’ and layout plans with centre users and the wider community.
Pick Everard has produced designs for the building, which will house the larger modern 25m x 10 lane swimming pool with moveable floors, a boom to sub-divide the pool as required and capacity for 300 spectators, along with two further teaching and fun pools and a flume. They have also produced artist’s impressions showing what the new and improved internal reception areas could look like.
The new complex will also boast health and fitness studios, a 120-station gym, a soft play area and crèche, improved changing rooms and a more spacious river frontage café/restaurant. All the facilities are being designed to ensure easy access for people with disabilities.
Key features of the design include a spacious and welcoming reception foyer, new ice rink support accommodation and innovative first floor walkways which will link the new building to the existing sports hall and ice rink. The building will provide greater connection to the new Riverside developments with retail and a café/restaurant both accessible to centre customers and non-users.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Julia Jeapes, said: “The designs are really coming together now and I hope people will be inspired at the thought of having this fantastic facility in our city centre. The new Leisure Centre is being designed to provide access to the widest possible cross-section of the community under the principle ‘The Best Leisure Offer for the Most People’, providing an affordable family-friendly attraction suitable for all.”
Director of Pick Everard, Keith Prendergast, added “A key challenge has been the careful sequencing of the works to ensure the facilities remain substantially available to customers throughout the construction, enabling a seamless transition to the new building before the existing building closes, providing continuity of services.”
The City Council is in the process of appointing a contractor to build this exciting new swimming pool complex and the name of this firm is expected to be announced in late October.
Built on the site of the existing Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre, construction of the new facility is planned to start in August next year, with a grand opening scheduled at the end of 2018. The existing leisure centre will remain open throughout the construction period.
To find out more about the development, please visit Chelmsford City Council’s website at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/riversidedevelopment