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View from the top: Exeter's new leisure complex emerging from the ground

Published: 9 August 2019

Picture of the emerging leisure complex taken from a crane on site

These striking images show Exeter’s brand new leisure complex St Sidwell’s Point starting to take shape.

The bird’s eye views have been taken from the towering crane working on site.

They clearly show part of the footprint of the new super energy efficient pool and leisure complex, which is due to open early in 2021.

St Sidwell’s Point, which is being built at the bus station site, will be the UK’s first Passivhaus swimming pool and leisure centre – eventually saving around 70 per cent of the energy costs compared to a standard building.

It is being build to withstand the effects of climate change and will be a healthy building, with minimal chemical content in the water due to a special filtration process.

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

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

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

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