AFLS+P has defeated four unnamed rivals to win the competition for a £20 million leisure centre and swimming pool in Exeter
The project for Exeter City Council will replace the existing Pyramids pool in Heavitree Road with a new facility next to the city’s bus and coach station which is being redeveloped.
Exeter City Council published a tender for the design contract back in July last year.
AFLS+P will now deliver a feasibility study, consultation, concept design and detailed design for the new building which is expected to complete in 2018. LDA Design, Arup and local firm Gale & Snowden will also support the project.
Council leader Pete Edwards said: ‘We are delighted to have appointed a team with global pedigree in the delivery of state of the art sports and leisure complexes.
‘With the Rugby World Cup coming to Exeter later this year, this is yet another statement of intent for Exeter as a hub for health and fitness. Our team is looking forward to consulting with local people on the design of the new leisure centre and the facilities it could offer.’
Planned facilities include an eight-lane, 25 metre competition pool with seating for up to 250 spectators.
A four-lane, 20 metre training pool and children’s play area is also proposed alongside a gym with 100 exercise stations and three flexible studios. A sauna, crèche and snack bar are also planned.
The building, next to the Paris Street, roundabout will occupy land currently used as a car park for the bus and coach station.
Land Securities and the Crown Estate are meanwhile planning a separate mixed-use redevelopment of the remaining 4.7 hectare station site.
The council’s existing swimming pool opened in 1939 and was renamed the Pyramids following an Egyptian-styled upgrade in the 1980s.