A new swimming pool for Worcester


See the new pool being built


Worcester’s new state-of-the-art competition-standard swimming pool is taking shape at Perdiswell, with construction work having begun in November 2015.

The £10.5m new pool extension is the main part of a full refurbishment of Perdiswell Leisure Centre and is due to open its doors at the start of 2017. 

The new eight-lane, 25-metre main pool will include seating for 266 spectators.  It will host regional competitions but will also be suitable for swimmers of all abilities, with a depth ranging from one metre to two metres.

Sport England has approved the new facilities and supported them with £2m in funding from its Strategic Facilities Fund, devoted to supporting the right facilities in the right areas to get more people to play sport. The funding is a recognition of the importance of the pool in developing Worcester as a vibrant sporting city.

The existing gym and sports hall are staying open while the majority of the construction takes place. The pool at Sansome Walk will remain open until the Perdiswell pool is open.

Main swimming pool

Artist impression of main pool in foreground

Exciting new features

  • 25 x 17m eight lane main pool, depth of 1-2m
  • 18 x 10m learner pool with moveable floor
  • Facilities for disabled people, including Pool Pod hoists
  • Pool Hall seating for 266 spectators
  • Large fitness gym with 110-120 stations
  • Spin Studio with 25 bikes
  • Fully refurbished 8-court Sports Hall
  • Sports Hall seating for 100 spectators
  • 3 separate Fitness Studios
  • 2 Teaching Rooms

Artist impression of swimming pool

Exterior view


Additional funding for the scheme is also being provided by the Heart of Worcestershire College, which will benefit from access to and extensive use of a number of facilities during term time including half of the sports hall, studios and new dedicated classrooms.

The facilities have been designed with full input from funders and partner and stakeholder organisations including Sport England, The County Sports Partnership, Heart of Worcestershire College, The Amateur Swimming Association, Worcester Swimming Club, and Disability Sport Worcester.

The new pool is being built by Worcestershire-based developer Speller Metcalfe and will be operated by Freedom Leisure, which has been awarded a 10-year contract to manage all the Council’s sport and leisure centres.