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FaulknerBrowns wins £36.7m Coventry leisure centre job

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Faulkner Browns has won a publically tendered contract for a new £36.7 million ‘destination water and leisure’ centre in Coventry

The Newcastle-based firm defeated Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Amanda Levete Architects, Reiach and Hall Architects, and IDOM to win the Coventry City Council-backed job.

The new facility is set to spell the end for the city’s existing central swimming pool on Fairfax Street.

The Grade II-listed 1966 building features a Harry Noble-designed 1970s extension – in the shape of the city’s elephant emblem – will close once the ‘iconic’ new structure opens in 2019.

The all-new pool will replace an existing council office block on a tightly constrained site next to the city’s grade II*-listed Christchurch Spire.

The new leisure centre will house a 25-metre swimming pool, a water park with slides, a gym, climbing wall, squash courts, health suites, dance studio and spa.

Faulkner Browns partner Mike Hall said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have the chance to design this fantastic new leisure facility for Coventry. We applaud the city’s vision and role the public sector can play in creating an iconic destination leisure facility in a city centre.

He continued: ‘It’s an exciting challenge and I believe we will be able to something quite spectacular and unique whilst respecting Christchurch Spire which will be the nearest neighbour.’

Kevin Maton, councillor and cabinet member for business, enterprise and employment said: ‘I’m really excited that we have been able to put together such a high profile design team with an international reputation.

‘We were clear in the brief that we want a landmark building - appropriate for our city centre – not the usual type of design used out of town in other areas.’

Construction of the new leisure centre is expected to start in 2017.

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