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swimming pools & water treatment


substantial impact on the energy efficiency, and by extension profitability of Exeter Active. “The Passivhaus pools currently in


operation in Germany have delivered impressive results in terms of energy efficiency. As frontrunner projects they are attracting attention from communities worldwide that are looking to apply the concept to their own projects in order to contribute to climate change mitigation and save operation costs,” said Jessica Grove- Smith of the Passivhaus Institute. Gale & Snowden specialise in ‘building


biology’, a discipline which places health and wellbeing at the heart of the design process. This includes exploring innovative water treatment methods for Exeter Active’s pools to reduce the reliance on harsh chemicals, making the pool environment a more pleasant place to be. “In the UK we tend to focus on aspects


like diet when it comes to health and wellbeing, but pay little attention to the impacts the buildings we occupy have on


our health. For example, German and Swiss standards for pool water are much more demanding than in the UK, being on a par with drinking water standards. Studies show that in a 45 minute swimming lesson a child can swallow up to a pint of water. It makes sense therefore to strive to make the quality of the pool water as good as possible, minimising the use of potentially harmful chemicals,” said a spokesperson for the practice. The Exeter Active design team is working


up initial designs for the new leisure centre. The complex will include two pools, both with moveable floors to maximise accessibility and flexibility, a 150 station fitness suite, a health & wellbeing spa, flexible studio spaces, crèche and softplay. The council has identified the site of the city centre bus depot as a suitable site for the new leisure facility and it is envisaged that the new leisure facility will form a prominent part of a major high profile redevelopment project, the construction of which would be complete by end 2017.


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Meet the team


• The design team is led by AFLS+P, an international architectural practice with over 30 years' experience, specialising in sports and leisure projects.


• The lead architect will be supported by Gale & Snowden, an award-winning Exeter-based architectural practice who specialise in delivering low-energy buildings.


• The team also includes international design engineers, Arup. As well as engineering expertise, Arup will also bring to the table a team specialising in water treatment and pool filtration.


• Landscaping will be implemented by LDA Design, specialists in the design of parks, green spaces and other public realms. Specialist leisure consultants, Continuum Sport & Leisure, and Sports & Leisure Management, complete the team.


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