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Construction gathers pace at new leisure complex

Published: 29 July 2019

Pile caps at St Sidwell's Point, July 2019

Good progress continues to be made on the construction of a major new leisure complex in Exeter.

St Sidwell’s Point, which is being built at the bus station site, will be the UK’s first super energy-efficient Passivhaus swimming pool and leisure centre.

A new Exeter Bus Station is being built at the same site. Both projects are being funded by the City Council.

At the end of July and throughout August activity on site will see the pouring of concrete to form the pool boxes and the retaining walls that separate the eventual wet and dry sides of the leisure centre.

The lift and staircase cores are also being formed.

A 85-tonne piling rig (brought to site under police escort before morning rush hour) has returned to complete the dry side piled foundations and start the new bus station.

By the end of August approximately 150 lorry loads of concrete will have been placed to form the ground floor slabs and retaining walls.

St Sidwell’s Point is expected to open in Spring 2021.

The state-of-the-art facility will feature:

  • A main swimming pool and learners pool with moveable floors
  • A confidence water pool
  • A 100 seat spectator seated area
  • A café to seat 50
  • A 150 station fitness gym and two fitness studios
  • A health suite and spa facility
  • A children’s soft play area

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