The Passivhaus Trust claims this will be the world’s first Passivhaus leisure centre. It will replace an ageing swimming pool on-site that would have been expensive to upgrade to modern standards.
It says the pool will save 70% on energy costs compared to existing good practice pools, water use will be reduced by 50%, and maintenance costs will be lower due to the quality of the building fabric.
The centre will be built using an in-situ concrete frame with aerated concrete blockwork, mineral wool insulation, and an insulated ground floor slab. The metal standing seam roof will be built on a cross laminated timber and glue laminated timber beam structure. The Passivhaus Institute will act as certifier for the scheme.
The cost of the building, however, has risen due to construction cost inflation and site access issues, but the Council has generated a further £12m to deliver the project that it believes will kick-start the area’s regeneration.