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What will be included at the proposed new £38m Regional Pool?

An artist's impression has revealed what the proposed new leisure centre could look like at Pleasure Fair Meadows car park, which will replace the Regional Pool.
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An artist impression of the possible design of the new leisure centre

In a report to the PCC Shareholder Cabinet Committee for an upcoming meeting, Executive Director for Place and Economy Steve Cox addressed the plans from Peterborough Investment Partnership (PIP) regarding the new £38m replacement.

The new leisure centre - seen above in an artist's impression prepared by NORR architects - has been approved for purchase by the council from PIP, subject to a best value review, and more detail (including the legal purchase contract) is currently being worked through with plans to submit a planning application later this year. 

The proposal includes the installation of an eight-lane, 25m pool with around 300 spectator seats, a 17mx15m teaching pool, sauna and relaxation space, and a 350sqm of family-friendly leisure water, with water features and toddler splash area. 

The gym will have around 175-stations, two exercise studios of 40-person capacity, one yoga studio fit for 20 people and one spin studio fit for 20 people, a four-court sports hall will also be included.

Finally, the centre will also feature a soft-play area and a cafe. 

The site was chosen as the preferred option in November, after several proposals were discussed regarding its location, before eventually confirming Pleasure Fair Meadows car park as the intended leisure centre site. 

In November Mr Cox wrote in the agenda for the Budget Cabinet meeting: "The Regional Pool was built in 1976 and is reaching the end of its effective operational life as a leisure centre. Keeping it open for the next decade is not cost effective as significant additional short term works are needed to keep the premises open and there would still be a need to procure and finance a replacement facility.

"The plant and equipment in the Regional Pool are ageing and the facilities on offer fall short of what is now commonly expected by users. It is no longer wholly fit for purpose.

"The site occupied by the Regional Pool is adjacent to the area allocated for the city’s university development. While the plant and equipment within the building is approaching end of life the building itself is structurally sound and could potentially be repurposed for university-related uses."

The meeting will be held virtually on March 1,