A new swimming pool for Worcester
Worcester's new swimming pool, opening January 2017, will give a massive boost to the city of Worcester’s sporting credentials and guarantee it will become an important new destination for regional competition-level swimming.
The £10.5 million revamp of Perdiswell Leisure Centre has as its centrepiece a new eight-lane 25-metre competition standard pool designed to attract everyone from casual swimmers to Olympic and Paralympic champions.
Supported by a £2m grant from Sport England, the pool and other fitness facilities at the leisure centre represent a significant investment by Worcester City Council to create a healthy and active city.
The main eight-lane main poolmeasures 25 metres by 17 metres and boasts poolside seating for 284 spectators with a further 118 seats around the poolside for swimmers.
Spectator area overlooking the main pool
Fully accessible for people of all abilities, it is a major new sports and leisure facility that is suitable for regional competitions and will put Worcester on the swimming map.
The dazzling new Perdiswell pool hall also boasts an 18x10 metre teaching pool with a movable floor – a fantastic new facility for learners and other swimmers.
Training Pool with movable floor
A new gym and spin/fitness studio are opening as part of the wider refurbishment of Perdiswell Leisure Centre, complementing the recently revamped sports hall.
Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund has invested £2 million of National Lottery funding in the leisure centre. The funding recognises the importance of the new pool in developing Worcester as a vibrant sporting city.
The new main swimming pool
Exciting new features
- 25 x 17m eight lane main pool, depth of 1-2n
- 18 x 10m teaching pool with moveable floor
- Facilities for disabled people, including Pool Pod hoists
- Pool Hall seating for 284 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
See the new pool being built
Additional funding for the scheme is 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 has been built by Worcestershire-based developer Speller Metcalfe and is operated by Freedom Leisure, which has been awarded a 10-year contract to manage all the Council’s sport and leisure centres.
New swimming pool - facts & figures
- The temperature in the main pool is 29-30 Celsius, and 31 Celsius in the teaching pool. The air in the main pool hall is maintained at 32 Celsius, to ensure the water doesn’t feel too cool for swimmers.
- 136 swimmers can use the main pool at one time; in the teaching pool it’s 82.
- There are 284 tiered seats for spectators and 118 poolside seats for competitors.
- The teaching pool’s movable floor can move from surface level to a depth of two meters in exactly six minutes and two seconds, using a hydraulic system.
- Both pools feature Pool Pods, funded by Disability Sport Worcester, that allow people with disabilities to easily lower themselves into the water (assistance is available if needed). They work with specialised water-proof wheelchairs, available in the Changing Village or poolside, and are operated by wristbands obtained at reception.
- 35,074 tiles have been used in the pool hall. Placed end-to-end, they would stretch 8.5km (5.2 miles).
- The main pool holds 575,000 litres of water, the teaching pool hold 486,000. That’s a total of 1,061,000 litres.
- The Changing Village is a state of the art area for you to get ready for your swim, with single, double and family cubicles, plus facilities for disabled people and those with carers. The Changing Village can accommodate up to 104 users (not including the disabled facilities) and features 135 lockers.
- An open shower in the Changing Village can accommodate six people, and another four private shower cubicles are available. Poolside, there are six pre/post-swim showers.
- Braille information is included on door signs throughout the leisure centre. Hearing loops are in place to support deaf visitors. The centre’s signage also uses a colour-coding system designed to help people with dementia.
- “Poolview” technology automatically detects if a swimmer gets into trouble in the pool and sends an alert to a lifeguard.
- Two lifeguards will normally be on duty, with more at busier times.
- The pool hall is lit with low energy LED lighting, mounted on the walls and angled to give balanced coverage of the pool without causing glare and reflections.
- Construction of the pool began in November 2015 and took 270 working days (54 weeks). It took 755 people to build the pool and the extended leisure centre.
- Art work by children from three Worcester schools - Perdiswell Primary, Tudor Grange Academy and RGS (Royal Grammar School Worcester) – is featured on the 30 metre-wide window in the pool hall (which helps to reduce glare on sunny days) and on a hanging cube in the reception foyer. The designs were developed with Eric Klein Velderman of the Cantoo design agency.
- An acoustic banner in the reception foyer features artwork with images of the history of Worcester and the Perdiswell area.
- A Costa café in the foyer has 52 seats, some overlooking the pool.
- The pool is open Monday-Friday- 6am to 10pm; Saturday-Sunday- 7am to 8pm.