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Beswick Leisure Centre

Manchester, UK


project overview

Health and fitness taken care of, for all abilities

As part of the Beswick Community Hub Masterplan, the state-of-the-art, community-driven leisure centre integrates a gym, fitness class studio and two swimming pools along with spectator facilities.

Helping to promote physical activity for people in the local area, the centre provides the facilities for a range of abilities, for the general public as well as training athletes and professionals.

During the design phase, an interesting challenge presented itself through pool use. The original swimming tank was designed to Olympic standard for professional water polo players, but needed to accommodate community use too.

The solution was to include a movable floor and boom to give the flexibility to operate as a single, 33 metre pool for Water Polo, or subdivided as a 25 metre, 8-lane community pool and a more shallow learner pool.

We also ensured that the pool temperature could be altered to suit these varying needs. Professional Water Polo players require a specific water temperature to enable better performance, where as use by the general public differs.

We worked closely with the council, and through key planning and collaboration, were able to deliver one combined main pool that was beneficial for both the community as well as elite athletes.

New centres with state-of-the-art facilities are vital to support healthy outcomes for communities. This is what we have at the new East Manchester Leisure Centre as a community hub for all ages with incredible facilities.”

Councillor Rosa Battle

Executive Member for Culture, Manchester City Council


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