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Plans for the UK’s first £26.5m ‘Passivhaus’ swimming pool complex go on public view

Conceptual plans for a new £26m, "super-efficient" swimming pool complex in Exeter, Devon have gone on public view for the first time.

The proposals for the Exeter Active centre – designed by Gale & Snowden Architects and driven by Exeter City Council (ECC) – show a 25-metre competition standard, eight-lane pool alongside a four-lane training and recreation pool.

Both pools will have moveable floors to provide flexibility for a range of watersports while a 'confidence water pool' will provide a space for young learners. As well as the two pools, the plans include a 150-station health and fitness club, flexible fitness studio spaces, health suite and spa, crèche and soft-play facilities for young children.

The new facility will be built using the Passivhaus construction approach – a method increasingly popular in EU countries, particularly in Germany.

The Passivhaus method places rigorous standards for energy efficiency in both design and construction, reducing a building’s ecological footprint by creating ultra-low energy structures that require little energy for space heating or cooling.

According to a spokesperson for Exeter Active, existing Passivhaus pools in Germany have delivered energy cost savings of more than 70 per cent when compared to traditional designs.

“The Passivhaus building technique being planned for Exeter Active will ensure a pleasant, comfortable environment all year round, unlike anything currently found in a UK leisure centre,” he said.

“The substantial savings on energy, along with the attractive range of facilities, will ensure the profitability of Exeter Active, generating income for the Council to invest in facilities and services throughout the city.”

He added that selecting the Passivhaus model is part of ECC’s plans to become an energy neutral council by 2030 and to establish itself as a pioneer in the provision of sustainable municipal facilities.

To learn more about the project and the Passivhaus concept, visit the Exeter Active website here.

Conceptual plans for a new £26m, "super-efficient" swimming pool complex in Exeter, Devon have gone on public view for the first time. The proposals for the Exeter Active centre – designed by Gale & Snowden Architects and driven by Exeter City Council (ECC) – show a 25-metre competition standard, eight-lane pool alongside a four-lane training and recreation pool. Both pools will have moveable floors to provide flexibility for a range
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