FaulknerBrowns Architects has unveiled proposals for a new £36.7 million ‘destination water and leisure’ centre in Coventry
Planned to complete in 2018 – the new leisure centre will house a 25-metre swimming pool, a water park with six slides, a gym, climbing wall, squash courts, health suites, dance studio and spa.
The circular building has been inspired by the city’s ribbon weaving past and features a swirling ribbon pattern on its façade which will also be lit at night.
The Newcastle-based firm defeated Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, AL_A, Reiach and Hall Architects, and IDOM to win the Coventry City Council-backed job last summer.
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 project 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.
Abdul Khan deputy leader and cabinet member for culture, leisure, sports and parks commented: ‘We set a really tough challenge to the design team, demanding a landmark building that fits into our city centre and that’s exactly what the team has delivered. The quality of the design sets a new standard – one we will expect all new developments in the city centre to match.’
He continued: ‘We believe our proposal for a water park and 25m pool with day spa facilities will be a real hit with residents and we’ve been able to plan a range of rides to suit everyone – from the bravest thrill seeker to the youngest user.
‘It’s based on a spiralling ramp with a range of slides and rides directly off the ramp. Nowhere else has done it like this before and it will make our new water park one of the most accessible in the country for people with a disability.’
A planning application for the new attraction – which is expected to receive 1.3 million visitors a year – will be submitted to Coventry City Council in May.