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state-of-the-art UV system that means we can use just half the normal amount of chemicals to create a fantastic pool environment. “We’ve programmed more than 100 hours of


lane swimming each week, which will support the performance of our clubs but also provide plenty of pool time for our members.” The existing sports centre also has benefi ted from


a complete refurbishment and upgrade to refl ect the new look at The Edge and to ensure a seamless journey from the old building to the new – and vice versa. This refurb was not part of the £12.2m project, but instead relied on an investment from across the campus to ensure the entire facility was updated and renovated. The existing sports centre is now fully integrated as part of The Edge and houses the sports halls and other rooms that can be hired out.


BROAD REACH Says Pimblett: “The Edge was built on time and on budget. Our stakeholders have fed back only positive


The Edge opened on 4 May, with signifi cant levels of interest already generated via social networking sites, competitions and open days


comments and the response from the local community has been amazing. We’ve built strong connections with the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI), for example, and are now working to develop exclusive membership deals for the staff there, which we believe will be a win-win situation.” From ‘pay as you go’ to monthly and annual


memberships, The Edge has a range of payment options. Staff memberships cost from £25 a month, students from £17.50, alumni from £30 and the public from £35.


‘Pay as you go’ ranges from £2.75 for an off-peak swim to £7.50 for general public admittance. But it’s not just students, university teaching staff


and members of the public who can take advantage of The Edge. The university has a substantial conferencing and events base and The Edge is a feather in its cap.


“We’ve had a great deal of interest from people booking conferences and The Edge is certainly an important factor in infl uencing their decisions,” says Richard Handscombe, head of sales and marketing for the university’s conferencing and events facilities. The team is now confi dent about what the future


holds for The Edge, with plans to expand both public access and corporate reach. In the meantime, its appeal is already established


among students and general public alike. As Rachel Husband, alumni of the University of Leeds, says:


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“As a keen swimmer and keep fi t enthusiast, I didn’t think the previous facilities refl ected the university’s reputation. However, I’ve recently had a tour of The Edge and I’m stunned – the quality surpasses anything else in the area.”


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