FT to deliver first Passivhaus leisure centre in UK!

In January 2019, FT Leisure was formally appointed to design, supply and install the swimming pool technology in the UK’s first Passivhaus local authority leisure centre; St.Sidwell’s Point, Exeter.

The team includes:

Client: Exeter City Council

Principal Contractor: Kier Construction

M&E and Civils: Arup

Pool Consultant: Sheerwater Consultancy

Architect: Space & Place

Passive house (German: Passivhaus) is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

This project will be a state-of-the-art new leisure complex, located at the bus station site at the heart of Exeter. It will be built alongside a brand new bus station, which is due to open at the same time. The new facility is expected to open to the public in the winter of 2020. Here’s a short video showing what’s expected:

St Sidwell’s Point will one of the the greenest developments of its kind anywhere in the country. In terms of the swimming pools, FT will be installing Microfiltration systems to the centre’s 4 swimming pools. This technology will result in exceptional water quality, whilst achieving the best possible sustainability solution.

Both the main 25m 8 lane pool and separate training pool will incorporate moveable floor systems, to ensure the facility caters for all levels of swimmer. There is also a confidence pool, 150 station gym, soft play area, café and crèche as well as extensive health and spa facilities with Hydropool.

The striking building is modelled to withstand predicted changes in climate conditions up to 2080.St Sidwell’s Point will replace the ageing Pyramids swimming pool, which needs a considerable amount of money spent on it to bring it up to modern standards.

Simon Whittingham


4th March 2019