New £5.3million swimming pool plans unveiled in Taunton

New £5.3million swimming pool plans unveiled in Taunton

A computer generated image of the pool.

Martin Lindus, Alison North and Jim Price.

Dr Philip Penny and Ann Reynolds.

First published in News

SWIMMING enthusiasts and beginners could take a dip in brand new side-by-side pools in Taunton by the start of 2016.

Hundreds of people glimpsed what a £5.3million facility beside Blackbrook Pavilion sports centre will look like at a public consultation on Tuesday.

Most of them were impressed with the design of the two-storey building, which will house a 25-metre eight lane pool beside a learner pool.

There will also be a spa and hydrotherapy pool, a cafe, juice bar, viewing area, spectators’ seating and village changing area.

Alison North, community leisure manager at Taunton Deane Council, owners of the development, said work is due to start next January and should take a year.

She added: “The consultation was a chance for people to take a look at the design and make comments.

“People seemed very pleased something’s actually happening as we’ve been talking about it for a long time and they like the designs.”

Architect Martin Lindus said: “It’s a good mix of facilities for the community and it will be nice to see it in the flesh in 18 to 20 months.”

Project manager Jim Price said: “It’s absolutely exciting and I’m pleased with the positive feedback from people. I can’t wait for it to open.”

Former international swimmer Dr Philip Penny was among visitors at the exhibition – he said: “It’s very good value for money and a great, no-frills community pool.”

One-time synchronised swimming coach Ann Reynolds said: “It’s really well thought out and will give the town and surrounding areas an excellent facility for swimming. It’s perfect for the general public.

“Having the learner pool alongside the main one is a good idea as children who are learning will look at the other pool and think, ‘I want to take that next step’.”

 

 

*ONCE the Blackbrook pool opens, the outdated one in St James Street, where thousands of children have learned to swim over the years, will close.

The Station Road pool, currently undergoing a £1.2million refurbishment, will continue to operate.

It has been closed for six months and its re-opening, due last weekend, has been postponed because of what Taunton Deane Council called “unforeseen problems”.

An authority spokeswoman said some of the work was still “outstanding” and a handover date was being negotiated with the contractors.

Among the issues was a leaking overflow tank due to a wrongly positioned pipe, which can easily be rectified.

The spokeswoman added that the pool had not been emptied of water during the work as it was “not necessary and would have been a huge exercise”.

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9:10pm Fri 2 May 14

mansell5 says...

I am not an architect but one of the first rules for a building like this is it should not 'date' too quickly.

Unfortunately I think this design will look out of date very quickly.

But that's just my opinion, others obviously like it.
I am not an architect but one of the first rules for a building like this is it should not 'date' too quickly. Unfortunately I think this design will look out of date very quickly. But that's just my opinion, others obviously like it. mansell5
  • Score: 3

10:47pm Sat 3 May 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

Am I missing something? We need that amount of money to be spent on a swimming pool? There aren't far more worthwhile things to spend it on? How much does it cost to go swimming these days? Couple of quid? Should make the money back in no time then!

"Once the Blackbrook pool opens, the outdated one in St James Street, WHERE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED TO SWIM over the years, will close."

Not broken, 'fixing' it anyway at massive expense.
Am I missing something? We need that amount of money to be spent on a swimming pool? There aren't far more worthwhile things to spend it on? How much does it cost to go swimming these days? Couple of quid? Should make the money back in no time then! "Once the Blackbrook pool opens, the outdated one in St James Street, WHERE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED TO SWIM over the years, will close." Not broken, 'fixing' it anyway at massive expense. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: -9

9:41pm Sun 4 May 14

boliston says...

i'd have thought money spent on something that will encourage people to be active is money well spent when you consider the huge costs to the taxpayer looking after people in later life who have never done any form of physical excercise.

The only issue I have is that the location of the pool on the extreme edge of the town will encourage people to drive to the pool rather than walk or cycle.
i'd have thought money spent on something that will encourage people to be active is money well spent when you consider the huge costs to the taxpayer looking after people in later life who have never done any form of physical excercise. The only issue I have is that the location of the pool on the extreme edge of the town will encourage people to drive to the pool rather than walk or cycle. boliston
  • Score: 9

8:30pm Mon 5 May 14

Jamesey says...

boliston wrote:
i'd have thought money spent on something that will encourage people to be active is money well spent when you consider the huge costs to the taxpayer looking after people in later life who have never done any form of physical excercise.

The only issue I have is that the location of the pool on the extreme edge of the town will encourage people to drive to the pool rather than walk or cycle.
I agree. This is a fantastic Project for Taunton.

The only problem is the location. It should have been in the centre of town, maybe Firepool. This would have made it more accessible for the majority and also bring more footfall to the town centre.

My family are an example of this! After walking to swimming lessons at St James' Street, we usually stop off in town for breakfast, etc on the way home. Now, we'll just drive to Blackbrook and it's unlikely that we'll visit the town centre.
[quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: i'd have thought money spent on something that will encourage people to be active is money well spent when you consider the huge costs to the taxpayer looking after people in later life who have never done any form of physical excercise. The only issue I have is that the location of the pool on the extreme edge of the town will encourage people to drive to the pool rather than walk or cycle.[/p][/quote]I agree. This is a fantastic Project for Taunton. The only problem is the location. It should have been in the centre of town, maybe Firepool. This would have made it more accessible for the majority and also bring more footfall to the town centre. My family are an example of this! After walking to swimming lessons at St James' Street, we usually stop off in town for breakfast, etc on the way home. Now, we'll just drive to Blackbrook and it's unlikely that we'll visit the town centre. Jamesey
  • Score: 15

2:41pm Tue 6 May 14

Slow down! says...

Location Location Location....

You're building it in the wrong place!!!!!!!
Location Location Location.... You're building it in the wrong place!!!!!!! Slow down!
  • Score: 6

6:10am Wed 7 May 14

FreeSpeech? says...

boliston wrote:
i'd have thought money spent on something that will encourage people to be active is money well spent when you consider the huge costs to the taxpayer looking after people in later life who have never done any form of physical excercise.

The only issue I have is that the location of the pool on the extreme edge of the town will encourage people to drive to the pool rather than walk or cycle.
The way they are whacking up cardboard hovels around here the pool will soon be near the centre of town and the only open spaces will be the M5 and Taunton's Vision(the old market site).
[quote][p][bold]boliston[/bold] wrote: i'd have thought money spent on something that will encourage people to be active is money well spent when you consider the huge costs to the taxpayer looking after people in later life who have never done any form of physical excercise. The only issue I have is that the location of the pool on the extreme edge of the town will encourage people to drive to the pool rather than walk or cycle.[/p][/quote]The way they are whacking up cardboard hovels around here the pool will soon be near the centre of town and the only open spaces will be the M5 and Taunton's Vision(the old market site). FreeSpeech?
  • Score: -3

8:24am Wed 7 May 14

GoingGreen says...

There is already another swimming pool in the town centre.
There is already another swimming pool in the town centre. GoingGreen
  • Score: 0

4:41pm Thu 8 May 14

tauntonman says...

so this is going to be a smaller pool than the one in station road then
so this is going to be a smaller pool than the one in station road then tauntonman
  • Score: -1

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