FaulknerBrowns Architects has been given the green light for a new £36.7 million leisure centre in Coventry
Housing a 25m swimming pool, water park, a wave pool, toddlers’ splash area and a lazy river, the building will replace an existing council office block on a tightly constrained site next to the city’s Grade II*-listed Christchurch Spire.
The scheme, which is described as a 50m-diameter metal-clad drum, will also 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.
FaulknerBrowns saw off competition from Wilkinson Eyre, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, AL_A, Reiach and Hall Architects and IDOM to win the job last summer.
Michael Hall, partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, said: ’Every so often, a project comes along which is a game-changer in the way that people think about, and engage with, the leisure experience, and Coventry’s Water Park will be one such project.
’Now that planning approval has been granted, we will be able to start preparing for the delivery phase of the water park.’
Construction of the new leisure centre is expected to start in 2017.
Coventry Water Park by FaulknerBrowns Architects