New swimming pool complex
Derby City Council plans to build a new swimming pool complex for a stronger future, making Derby an even greater place, to live, work and visit.
Our ambitious plans for a state of the art swimming and leisure facility are moving closer to reality.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our public engagement exercise which ran from Monday 25 September until Sunday 8 October. We will be publishing the results in the coming weeks.
Over the last year we’ve been working alongside a team of experts to help develop a modern, exciting and financially-sustainable facility for our city.
The plans include a ten-lane, 50 metre swimming pool; leisure water for families and a learner pool. Alongside these water spaces, there are a range of additional features included in the proposals. We believe that this new complex will help make Derby a great place, to live, work and visit.
Read on to find out more about the proposals.
The 50m pool
The 50 x 25 metre pool contains two booms and two moving floors, meaning that it can be easily divided into three separate 25 metre spaces as required.
This is ideal for managing the competing demands for pool space from clubs, teaching groups and casual swimmers. With seating for over 400 spectators and a timing room, the pool will also be capable of hosting regional competitions.
The designs for the new swimming complex include leisure water. It is hoped that the leisure water could potentially incorporate a play structure and slides.
We will continue to progress designs for the leisure water as we work on the detailed designs.
This leisure water is not designed to compete with some of the larger commercial waterparks in the region, but is hoped to prove a big draw for families.
To provide opportunities for people to learn to swim, the proposals include a learner pool. It will be multipurpose swim space and offer a wide range of activities, for learning, training and fun. The learner pool has dimensions of 17 x 8m with a depth range of 0.7-1m and can become its own private pool space.
As with many modern leisure centres, changing facilities will be provided in the form of an open-plan, unisex area with single, double and family cubicles, as well as accessible changing for disabled visitors.
The design has been developed to have one family of materials externally. Different shades of silver coloured aluminium with perforations will create a strong visual statement.
This solution is evocative of Derby’s industrial focus and strong links with engineering.
The silver finish will give the building a high-tech feel suggesting innovation and progress in the areas of aerospace and automobile engineering
Gym facilities, fitness studios, sauna & steam
To help make the leisure offer more comprehensive and the complex financially sustainable for the city, a number of extra facilities have been incorporated within the designs.
These include a gym, fitness studios, sauna and steam rooms have been included to help generate revenue and enhance what the facility offers.
The plans include a large fitness area offering a wide range of the latest exercise and fitness equipment including cardiovascular, resistance and plate loaded machines along with functional and stretch areas.
There would also be three studios designed to cater for a variety of fitness classes/activities including spinning, aerobics, circuits, yoga and much more. These studios also provide a flexible space for other activities.
In addition to the gym and studios the plans include a sauna and steam room to provide a comprehensive offer to customers.
Café & soft play
To further enhance the customer experience and comprehensive offer there are also plans to include a café and children’s soft play facility.
The proposals include an open access café served by a kitchen and servery, promoting a variety of food and drinks. The café area also benefits from views into both the 50m pool and leisure pool via glazed screens either side of the café. Next to café will be a children’s soft play facility.
The plans also include a number of treatment rooms that could potentially offer a variety of different treatments and we are continuing to explore what options would be best for customers and the facility.
Multi use area & multi use rooms
Part of the flexible complex design is a 300m2 multi-use, flexible and adaptable area located close to the main entrance.
This will be developed to provide a complimentary experience at the swimming pool complex.
The facility would also include a number of more traditional, smaller multifunctional rooms divided by moveable walls that can create a much larger space.
Multi use rooms could be used for meetings, parties and other hospitality type events.
Parking and transport is an important part of the swimming pool complex.
The plans include approximately 330 spaces, including accessible parking to be provided around the new swimming pool building in a green setting. The car park will have a drop off zone close to the entrance for coaches and taxis.
Energy saving technologies
We are also looking to include a range of innovative energy saving technologies within the new swimming pool complex such as combined heat and power, advanced LED lighting and heat recovery systems as part of the ventilation.