When Bridlington Leisure World complex closed for a £20million 2-year redevelopment programme, East Riding Council didn’t want to leave its residents without a swimming pool. They called upon Total Swimming who worked in partnership with Spaciotempo, to design and build the UK’s first semi-permanent swimming pool building, which would stay in place until the refurbishment had been completed.
Working closely with Total Swimming and Sport England, Spaciotempo built a temporary building of around 500 sqm that houses the ex-Olympic ‘Legacy’ training pool, supplied by Sport England, from the Eton Manor site of the London 2012 Olympics.
The temporary swimming pool building linked directly into the sports hall, seamlessly joining the two facilities. The pool took four-and-a-half months to build and remained in place until Leisure World re-opened.
Spaciotempo’s Managing Director, Scott Jameson, commented; “We worked on feasibility studies for over 18 months to ensure the temporary swimming pool 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 medallist, 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.”
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Who: Total Swimming
Where: Bridlington Leisure World
Size: 15m x 30m (525sqm)
Use: Temporary Swimming Pool
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