New Exeter leisure complex and bus station rapidly emerging
Published: 11 March 2020
Excellent progress continues to be made on the construction of a state-of-the-art new leisure complex and new Exeter Bus Station.
Both projects, which are being created at the existing bus station site, are being funded by the City Council.
During March the high point is expected to be reached on the construction of the pool hall.
March and April sees the continuation of work on the reinforced concrete frame of the leisure complex, which will be known as St Sidwell’s Point.
The site is making use of a number of cranes and concrete pumps to create the frame and is now particularly busy.
Completing the frame allows the start of blockwork and metal framing so the cladding can be fixed. The main pool hall beams are due for delivery in April.
At the neighbouring bus station site, the ground slab is now poured and the team will be making structures that will form the base of the walls. The steel frame will then start to be erected and the extent of the building will be visible.
St Sidwell’s Point will be the UK’s first super energy efficient Passivhaus swimming pool and leisure complex.
The water quality is expected to be better than at any other swimming pool in the country. A special filtration system will mean there will be minimal chemical content.
It will include:
- A main swimming pool and learner’s pool with moveable floors
- A confidence pool
- A 100 seat spectator seated area
- A café to seat 50
- A fitness gym and two fitness studios
- A health suite and spa facility
- A children’s soft play area
The new Exeter Bus Station will include covered waiting and boarding areas and high quality facilities, and will replace the current station opened in 1964.