Plans for flexible 50m pool in Derby unveiled

Leisure contract issued with activity targets

Plans for a swimming and leisure facility, designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, have been unveiled by Derby City Council.

The proposals include a 10-lane, 50m swimming pool; a leisure water area for families and a learner pool. Additional features include a gym, fitness studios, sauna & steam rooms, café and soft play area.

The pool contains two booms and two moving floors, allowing the facility to form three separate 25 metre swimming spaces or a wide variety of other arrangements.

The simple, modular design features two differentiated volumes; a ‘wet’ box and a ‘dry’ box. The changes in level of the undulating landscape have been addressed by stacking the boxes perpendicularly, creating a natural entrance in the ‘dry’ upper volume. Large glass openings at either end of each box, respond to the different characters of the setting.

The elevational treatment of the volumes creates two simple steel box portals, the silver palate of materials reflecting and celebrating the city’s enduring links with the aerospace industry.

 “It is a great pleasure to be working with the Council again to integrate this 50m pool complex into its natural setting at Moorways. The new facility has been designed to respect the sensitive site context whilst creating a strong and inviting visual presence which draws inspiration from the city’s proud engineering heritage,” says Michael Hall, partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects.

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