Bridlington Leisure World

Total Swimming Bridlington Leisure World

East Riding Council didn’t want to leave its residents without a swimming pool for two years as they know the
detrimental effect this can have on local children learning to swim, people’s fitness and rehabilitation etc. For some, swimming is the only way they like to exercise and the Council didn’t want them to lose that physical and social part of their lifestyle.

Spaciotempo Managing Director,
Scott Jameson

Case Study

About this job
Bridlington’s Leisure World complex closed in January for a £20million redevelopment programme that will take place over the next two years. The result will be an Olympic size training pool, a fun pool with water slides, and a health suite.

Requirement
Over the past 12 months we have worked with Total Swimming to design and build the UK’s first semi-permanent swimming pool building. The temporary pool, has been put in place while the existing facility goes under a major refurbishment.

Building
Working closely with Total Swimming and Sport England throughout, we built a temporary building of around 500 square metres that houses the ex-Olympic ‘Legacy’ training pool, supplied by Sport England, from the Eton Manor site of the London 2012 Olympics.

The temporary pool is sited at the rear of Bridlington Sports Centre. A covered building linking directly into the sports hall seamlessly joins the two facilities. The pool took four-and-a-half months to build and will remain in place until Leisure World re-opens in 2015.

Outcome
“This stretches the standard use of our type of building to a new frontier,” Scott added. “We have worked on feasibility studies for over 18 months to ensure the project doesn’t feel temporary at all. It’s fully heated and offers a structurally sound and temperature controlled environment for swimmers. There’s also a secure area outside of the building where Total Swimming manages the water treatment and pump room.” The pool was opened by Olympic swimming bronze medalist Joanne Jackson and was so popular when it opened that extra staff had to be called in to help cope with demand.

Adam Mainprize, Bridlington Sports Centre Manager, said: “We have had a fantastic response from people who say the pool is absolutely brilliant and not what they expected. The engineering that has gone into the swimming pool is phenomenal.”

Councilor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “The way the space has been utilised is amazing. It is a great facility. It’s a temporary pool but it’s a very rigid structure. I think it will serve the residents really well while we invest in Leisure World.”

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