Plans for £33m Pool Submitted

Plans for a new £33 million leisure complex, which include a 50-metre pool, have been submitted by Bondholder Derby City Council

The complex is set to be open on the Moorways site by 2020 and will include a 10-lane pool capable of staging regional competitions, as well as a teaching pool and a water play area.

It will also house a café, soft play area, treatment rooms, and a gym with up to 150 stations. 

Additionally, there will be parking for 340 cars, 17 cycle racks, four spaces for motorbikes and eight disabled bays. There will also be dropping off points for coaches and buses bringing schoolchildren to swimming classes.

The applications says: "Derby City Council have identified the need to replace the current swimming pool and sports facility on the Moorways site with a new facility which provides a more diverse range of functions addressing the public’s needs.

“The new facility will comprise a range of wet and dry leisure activities. The design of the new pool will respond to Derby’s industrial history and seek to relate to its context through its appearance and function, effectively serving as the gateway to the adjacent Rolls-Royce complex.”

The application also notes the positive feedback from the public, following a period of consultation.

“228 individuals completed a paper or online survey about the proposals. The majority of people commented that they were likely to use such a facility, and they liked how the proposals looked, the size of the building, and amount of car parking. Comments were also made on the makeup of the internal facilities within the building.

“In conclusion, based on the sample of respondents who took part in the survey, the new leisure complex has a strong appeal with a high likelihood of use, and the majority of respondents were happy with the external appearance and parking of the new complex. There is strong support for the inclusion of all the planned facilities in the new complex.”