Preferred contractor announced for Derby Swimming Pool Complex

Baggy Shanker and John Kirkland

After the recent news that Derby City Council’s Planning Control Committee granted approval for the Labour administration’s ambitious plans for a new Swimming Pool Complex at Moorways, Bowmer and Kirkland have been announced as the build contractor for the project.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, lead Cabinet Member for the Moorways project said: “Derbyshire construction firm Bowmer and Kirkland have been appointed as the council’s preferred build contractor, as we move towards the construction phase of this enormously exciting project. This means that detailed designs can now be drawn up, ensuring the new complex remains on course to open in 2020 as we pledged.

“As one of the largest construction businesses in the country, Bowmer and Kirkland were appointed by the Council. The Derbyshire-based firm have a track-record of delivering major leisure projects both for the public and private sectors, including a number of other pool facilities.”

The facility will is stated to include a ten-lane, 50 metre swimming pool; leisure water for families and youngsters, as well as a learner pool for those taking to the water for the first time or simply looking for a more private space to swim.

Talking of the development Baggy said: “The main 50 metre pool will feature two booms and moveable floors for maximum flexibility, meaning the pool can be easily divided into three separate 25 metre pools to accommodate casual users, club swimmers and teaching as required. With seating for over 400 spectators and a timing room, it will also be capable of hosting regional competitions.

“Meanwhile, the leisure pool will incorporate a play structure that includes slides, tipping buckets and water jets for families to enjoy together. What’s more, there’ll be both steam and sauna rooms on site, allowing visitors to relax and unwind.

“Alongside swimming space, there’ll be all the additional features you would expect from a modern leisure facility. These include a cafe, gym, fitness studios soft play and multi-use areas.

“This building will serve the city for a generation.”