Groundbreaking Passivhaus leisure project hits significant milestone

Groundbreaking Passivhaus leisure project hits significant milestone

The UK’s first and largest wet and dry Passivhaus leisure centre has undergone its next milestone moment, as installation commences on two new modular pools that will help drive cost and energy efficiency savings.

International pool provider Myrtha Pools is behind the installation at Spelthorne Leisure Centre in Staines, which will include the UK’s first screwjack moveable floor — utilised in the 25m pool for a variety of exercise, class and relaxation purposes, dependent on programme need.

Leading independent construction and property services company Willmott Dixon is driving the main £43.5m project construction, working in collaboration with GT3 Architects and Spelthorne Borough Council. Once complete, the leisure centre is aiming to consume up to 60% less energy compared with a standard new leisure build.

A learner pool, splash pad and spa will also be part of the project mix delivered under the Myrtha Pools banner.

Kevin Burns, UK Business Development Manager at Myrtha Pools, said: “This is a truly landmark leisure centre, which will give the leisure industry a greater understanding of how working to Passivhaus standards could work on a wider scale.

“We want our pools to be central in creating passive and healthy buildings within the sector, as well as actively supporting local authority net zero targets.

“From a consumer perspective, it is meeting a variety of modern wellbeing needs, with improved filtration and access to spa and relaxation offerings. We’re delighted to be working collaboratively with the wider project team to provide the local community of Staines with a truly impressive modern leisure experience.”

Spelthorne Leisure Centre follows the UK’s first wet-only Passivhaus leisure centre at St Sidwell’s Point, which opened in spring 2022.

The current build, which is set across a 100,000ft2 footprint, is on track for summer 2024 completion, with internal works and installation well underway.

Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon’s London and South regions, commented: “Spelthorne Leisure Centre is an excellent opportunity to implement a real step-change in how leisure facilities are designed and built. The installation of the new pool marks a significant move forward in the quest to achieve Passivhaus standard, which in itself is a real sign of positive intent from Spelthorne Borough Council.”

Mark Gowdridge, Director at GT3 Architects, said: “We’re very happy with how the project is moving and input from across the design and pool teams will only enhance this. This will become a fundamental space for health and wellbeing to the surrounding community, and the energy savings made through the implementation of Passivhaus will be essential in tackling the client’s climate emergency.”

Daniel Mouawad, Chief Executive at Spelthorne Borough Council, added: “The project has always been about partnership working and seeking the right solutions and opportunities for the project. The new pool epitomises our approach of investing in modern and efficient solutions that help drive the Passivhaus approach. I believe this project is truly a breakthrough in service delivery, not just for ourselves, but the whole country.”

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