St Sidwells Point

The quality is fantastic, and what we will see at the end of it all will be just breathtaking. I really can’t wait for it to open.
Phil Bialyk, Leader of Exeter City Council

Gale & Snowden was commissioned for the design and build of a new state-of-the-art indoor municipal pool facility in Exeter, including a national standard swimming pool and learners’ pool with supporting and dry sports facilities, including: 

  • Main pool and learner pool with moveable floors 
  • Confidence water pool 
  • 100 spectator seats 
  • 50 seat cafe 
  • 150 station fitness gym 
  • Studios 
  • Health suite including spa 
  • Changing facilities 
  • Soft play area 

Key design standards: 

  • The first Passivhaus leisure centre in the UK 
  • Building Biology IBN best practice guidance in healthy design 
  • Best practice guidance developed under the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) “Design 4 Future Climate” programme 

Key benefits of design standards implementation: 

  • 70% saving on energy costs when compared to a current good practice pool 
  • 50% reduction in water use 
  • Outstanding internal water and air quality 
  • Excellent daylight levels 
  • Healthy, uncompromised, uplifting, comfortable indoor climate 
  • Lower maintenance costs due to high quality building fabric 
  • Resilience against predicted future climate change 

Architectural concept 

The general massing of the leisure centre is divided into two programmatic entities: wet and dry.  These two zones are ‘cupped’ together in a form, naturally generated by the curves of Paris Street and Cheeke Street, which wrap around the site.   

The retail pedestrian street at the north of the building is purposely continued in the direction of flow into and through the building, past the reception to the cafe with views of the pool halls, as a destination point.  This sense of connectivity extends beyond the site towards Princesshay, to create more permeability through the areaimproving pedestrian-friendly linkages between the site and its surroundings.  

Gale & Snowden has been involved since the inception of the project and are providing design and consultancy services for RIBA Stages 0 to 6.  At the outset, the practice helped to obtain funding from the Technology Strategy Board to assess the impact of future climate on a leisure centre in various locations in the city of Exeter.

Gale & Snowden was then appointed as part of the international, multi-disciplinary Design Team to lead the project regarding low energy Passivhaus design incorporating healthy design principles (Building Biology), computer modelling and designing for climate change adaptation as well as architects for the envelope of the building.    

  • Building
    Passivhaus Multi-Leisure Facility
  • Location
    Exeter, UK
  • Completion
    2021
  • Size
    £38m
  • Client
    Exeter City Council

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