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swimming pools & water treatment


Restoration of historic baths


FUSION Lifestyle, a charity which operates more than 85 sports, activity and leisure facilities across the UK, is to restore a disused swimming pool in Newcastle. The charity is drawing up plans for the


£5m redevelopment of the Grade II listed City Pool complex, which includes a Turkish Baths, after being named preferred supplier by Newcastle City Council. Fusion has regenerated a number of


heritage sites including Brockwell Lido in Lambeth, the Wycombe Rye Lido in High Wycombe and the New River Sports and Leisure facility in Tottenham. Its plans for the Newcastle site includes the restoration and refurbishment of the pool and Turkish bath facilities, with the addition of a gym, studios, spa and café to convert the site into a modern health and wellbeing facility for the city. Closed three years ago, it looked unlikely that the complex would ever reopen. “Nobody wants to see beautiful and


culturally significant buildings standing empty and through time falling into disrepair. The fact this is right in the city centre and is a much-loved asset made that prospect even worse. There has been a tendency over the past few decades to neglect or


Fusion runs Kings Cross Pond;


a natural, chemical-free bathing pond-cum-art installation


shut our historic leisure facilities. We have established ourselves as key players in breathing the life back into these assets and making them suitable for 21st century use. It is a pleasure to see these historic leisure facilities restored and being made use of by the communities that they were designed for,” said Anthony Cawley, head of asset management for Fusion. Newcastle City Hall, Pool and Turkish


Baths was opened in 1928 to replace baths designed by John Dobson in 1839. The Turkish baths is one of around only a dozen


left in the country. The concert venue will also undergo a revamp as part of the scheme. Newcastle-based Napper Architects


has been appointed to design the redevelopment. The practice has extensive experience in redeveloping historically important buildings, including the city’s Theatre Royal, Newcastle Guildhall and visitor improvement schemes at Alnwick Castle.


www.fusion-lifestyle.com www.napperarchitects.co.uk


Family-friendly pool at Rushcliffe Arena


A NEW 25m, six lane swimming pool; learner pool, fun pool and splash pool with features such as slides and inflatables is to built on the site of the current Rushcliffe Arena in Nottingham. Scheduled to complete in January 2017,


the new facilities will form part of a new leisure centre which will consolidate the leisure services at Rushcliffe School and Rushcliffe Arena. Other facilities will include a 150-station fitness suite, two aerobics studios, a group cycling studio, a sauna/steam room and an all-purpose activity space. F T Leisure will be the principal sub-


contractor responsible for the water treatment and filtration systems for the pools as well as for the water features and motorised pool covers. Each pool has a dedicated water treatment and filtration system based on traditional medium rate sand filtration with disinfection, pH correction and UV sterilisation. The client for the project is Rushclifffe


Borough Council and the main contractor is Farrans Construction Belfast working together with architects, McAdam Design, and consultants, Hydrospec.


www.ftleisure.co.uk


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