NEWS £35M DERBY SWIMMING POOL PLANS REVEALED Plans and artist impressions for how a new £35m Derby swimming pool complex will look have been revealed for the first time. Members of the public are now being given the opportunity to comment on the initial designs which include a 50 metre ten-lane swimming pool, a training pool and family-friendly wet play area. The main pool contains two booms and two moving floors, meaning the space can be easily adapted as required – ideal for managing the demands for clubs, teaching groups and casual swimmers. With seating for in excess of 400 spectators and timing equipment, the pool will also be capable of hosting regional competitions.
LIVERPOOL POOL PLANS STILL POSSIBLE DESPITE FAILED GAMES BID A plan to create a stunning outdoor swimming pool in Liverpool’s city docks could still go ahead, despite the city missing out on hosting the Commonwealth Games. As part of the city’s bid to host the 2022 Games, plans were put forward to create a 5,000-seat swimming arena near the city’s famous Albert Dock. If the games bid had been successful, the venue would have hosted the swimming events and post games, the spectator stands would be removed and the pool would open to the public as a lido. Mayor Joe Anderson said the failed games bid does not mean that the plans for the pool would not go ahead and the new public facility could still be built in the docks, however discussions have also been held that could see it created at an alternative location, south of the city at the Festival Gardens site near Otterspool.
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Architects Appointed For University Sports Facility The University of Portsmouth has selected the team that will design its new state-ofthe-art indoor sports centre. FaulknerBrowns Architects, an awardwinning firm who won Sports and Leisure Architect of the Year’ at the 2017 Architect of the Year Awards, were selected following an internationally competitive procurement process. They will lead the team who will deliver the £50m new sports facilities that form part of the University’s Estate Master Plan. The building, to be situated on the University’s campus in Ravelin Park, will combine an eight-lane swimming pool, a fitness suite, sports hall, climbing wall and squash courts. It will provide firstclass sports facilities for training, recreation and competition, and designs will also consider other requirements such as its use for social occasions, exhibitions and events. The architects have challenging sustainability targets including minimising the building’s carbon footprint. The finished building will be flexible and adaptable to cater for a range of activities and to future-proof the building for years to come. University Vice Chancellor, Professor Graham Galbraith, said that the aim is to have a building that both the University and the wider city community can feel proud of: “Our University sports
FaulknerBrowns’ Irina Korneychuk, Michael Hall and Henk Merle, part of the design team
facilities have a critical role to play in the wellbeing, academic standing and quality of lifestyle for students and staff alike. This also offers a fantastic opportunity to connect with our community, which is why it is our intention to make a number of our new facilities, such as the swimming pool, open to schools and community groups.” The University will submit the planning application early next year and the first shovels will break the ground later in 2018. FaulknerBrowns Architects 0191 268 3007 www.faulknerbrowns.co.uk
Former Soap Star Joins In Support Of City Pool Plans A former Emmerdale actress has joined supporters of the redevelopment of Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths. Charlie Hardwick, who played Val Pollard in the hit TV show, visited the historic building recently to celebrate the venue’s refurbishment. Charlie, from Wallsend in North Tyneside, was a regular at the city-centre Turkish Baths until they were closed in 2013. It was welcome news to her that the pool and baths will be given a new lease of life following a £5m refurbishment by leisure charity Fusion Lifestyle. She said: “I’m so thrilled that the Turkish Baths are being saved. “I remember the pool from swimming here as a child. When there were swimming
galas on the noise was so deafening, with hundreds and hundreds of kids screaming their mates on. “I didn’t know the Turkish Baths downstairs existed until later on, when I was introduced by the writer and poet Julia Darling. “We would meet here on a Tuesday and we would cook up plans. In a completely relaxed state where there was no stress – everything seemed possible when we were talking in the Turkish Baths.” Charlie also supported the community-led campaign group, Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths, which sought to save the venue back in 2013. The campaign caught the eye of charity Fusion Lifestyle,
which runs over 90 facilities across the UK and successfully applied for planning permission to reinstate a public pool, Turkish Baths and other facilities last year. Anthony Cawley, operations director at Fusion Lifestyle, said: “The City Pool is genuinely loved by the community and everyone is interested in the progress of the redevelopment. “I find it fascinating to listen to all the memories from visitors and those interested in the scheme – and Charlie is one of those people.”
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