We thought long and hard on all of the options to replace the provision of leisure services in the city centre and St Sidwell’s Point was the clear winner. Something to take pride in and something that will add to the city centre and help strengthen our local economy.
Of course we considered the low cost options, such as a council swimming pool in a tin box on the edge of town, but these would all have been environmentally and economically very poor choices and of course in the wrong location. St Sidwell’s Point is so much more, it is a game changer, an asset and an investment. Its not just a swimming pool its definitely a full blown leisure complex designed for everyone, in a state of the art building in the centre of our city. Its designed and built for impact and with pride as an Icon for our city and with ultra low environmental impact and low running costs built in.
So what does it offer?
Firstly there are state-of-the art pools (more of that below), there is gym with over 100 stations, a designated free weights area plus group exercise areas. This includes an indoor cycling studio and two fitness studios. There will be a crèche, a colourful soft play area and an onsite café area. Also if your fancy a bit of a pampering there will be spa facilities and a health suite perfect for little bit of relaxation after a full session at the St Sidwell’s Point. Of course not forgetting the rooftop terrace and the bar area with magnificent views of the city.
As they say location, location, location. The new complex is in a great location right next to the new bus station and on the edge of the city centre. Work, retail, entertainment and a fantastic choice of places to eat or drink are all within easy walking distance. Parking couldn’t be easier Its only a stones throw from the old Pyramids so all those parking and transport options are still relevant including the John Lewis, the triangle, Bamfylde street and the two Princesshay car parks.
So in summary we will get:
- a central location
- Swimming pools
- 100 station gym
- free weights area
- group exercise area
- indoor cycling
- fitness studios
- soft play area
- spa and health suite
- and a roof terrace
Swimming at St Sidwell’s Point, a little bit more than you would expect for your money
The St Sidwell’s point swimming pools are certainly more than you would expect. There are three pools for a start. The main pool is an 8 lane competition pool with spectator seating. There is a learner pool and a confidence pool. Both the main pool and learner pool will have a moveable floors so the depth of the pools can change. This makes the two main pools are very versatile and able to meet all sorts of needs from swimming lessons to water polo.
Have you thought about what it would be like to enjoy an indoor swim without smelling chlorine and stinging eyes? Due to new microfiltration technology, the swimming pool’s water will be drinking water quality. This means that visitors can enjoy their swimming experience without the usual side effects.
It’s believed that St Sidwell’s Point will be the first leisure centre in the UK to use this microfiltration process.
- Three pools
- Movable floors – adjustable depths
- microfiltration process – 1st in the UK
- Clearer, cleaner water
Environment and value for money
The whole principle of the building design is to use technology to provide a healthy building environment and reduces in energy usage by 70% and water usage by 50% against industry best practice standards. There has been a high price tag to leading the way on this type of design and creating a new way of running a leisure complex but the combined technologies used in the building will have a very significant reduction on carbon emissions and running costs year after year for the lifetime of the facility. To achieve these efficiencies the building has to have been carried out to a very high standard which we know will help to reduce maintenance requirements in future years.
- 70% less energy used
- 50% less water used
- significantly reduced running costs
- lower maintenance costs
Overall the scale of annual energy and carbon savings from building to super energy efficient standards compared to a normal pool will be equivalent to any of the following:
- annual carbon storage of 105 hectare (or 250 football pitches) of managed woodland
- annual emissions from 750 average UK cars (commuting 40miles a day)
- Enough to make 140 million cups of tea a year