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The new facility includes a six-lane 25 metre pool and a diving pool (both with movable floors), indoor and outdoor leisure pools, a health and fitness centre and dance studios.
Built as part of the iESE Tier 1 framework, this project replaced the aging Aquarena on Worthing seafront with a new complex, known as ‘Splashpoint Leisure Centre’.
The project involved the demolition of a boating lake and paddling pool on a site immediately adjacent to the existing Aquarena leisure centre.
The new copper-clad leisure centre features separate competition pools for diving and swimming plus leisure facilities including children’s shallow pools, a flume, a partially sunken pirate ship, ‘spraying’ water features, and steam and sauna rooms.
Additionally the centre includes health and fitness facilities with a suite for 100 exercise stations, two multi-use studios, three treatment rooms and ancillary staff / admin spaces. There is also a large lobby including a reception and café designed to welcome visitors into the facility from the landscaped entry piazza.
A major local authority development such as this naturally attracted a significant amount of interest from the local community. Morgan Sindall worked with Worthing Borough Council to maximise the opportunity for Worthing residents and local schools and colleges to view the project through the various phases of its development.
The centre was designed by award-winning architect Wilkinson Eyre, appointed following a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) design competition.
PlanetSustainable features on this project include a combined heat and power (CHP) generator, grey water recycling (which provides 18 per cent of the centre's needs), and ground source heat pumps, which provide all cooling load and some heating.