25m Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre – Lichfield

New 25 metre modular pool with 80 station gym, dance hall and spin studio, as well as community spaces and a new 3G pitch.

We were delighted to be engaged from the very initial stages of the brief for a new leisure centre at Lichfield and have been working closely with both ReCreation and LDC to ensure the project meets local needs. Being engaged early on allowed us to design in early feedback from the local swimming clubs, local residents and end users of the leisure centre, which has significantly shaped the project’s development.

The scheme is targeting BREEAM excellent, and by using solar PV and air source heat pumps, the building will be all electric with no need for gas. Low U-values and a range of building physics modeling on solar gain and daylight levels will ensure the building is efficient to run, with comfortable internal environments.

“We are very excited to see the new pool – it can’t come soon enough.”
Andrew Gibson, vice chair of Penguins Swimming Club for the Disabled

Design focuses on using modular solutions, such as the above ground, variable depth, modular pool, utilising the existing site levels to avoid any internal levels changes. Using bolted steel framework, lightweight metal framed external walls, and recyclable cement board and timber cladding, the building is responsibly designed to be adaptable during its lifespan, and recyclable at end-of-life.

Landscaping has been a fundamental part of the scheme, targeting >10% biodiversity net gain on site without offsetting, with new tree planting, SUDS pond, and a variety of wild grass and flower planting to provide a range of new habitats to the site.

As well as new EV parking, pedestrian and cycle infrastructure, the scheme will also include a new bus stop to encourage the use of public transport in the area.
Planning permission was granted unanimously at committee in January 2024, with technical design currently under way.

“We know how important good leisure facilities are to residents across the district – and with the approval we are major step closer to providing it.”
Cllr Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council