New Derby swimming pool running at £4m over budget

The cost of Derby’s new swimming pool could be up to £4m over budget, the city council has said.

The council is set to publish the next steps to progress Derby’s new swimming pool complex following a recent feasibility study.

In August 2018, the Council’s Cabinet opted to undertake an extensive study to look at increasing the size of the leisure water and making it more attractive to families.

The plans include a greater offering, increasing the pool by over 65%, and include a play structure elevation, two flumes, a wave generating ‘wow’ ball, play structure, a multi-slide and a wave rider.

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Lead Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “The proposed enhanced leisure water really is a great addition and will give Derby a facility that will remain exciting for decades to come.

“The complex will ultimately change the leisure landscape of Derby for the better. I am incredibly enthusiastic about the variety of activities on-site, both in and out of the pool areas, with a gym, studios, café and soft play as well as the much-anticipated 50m pool providing a day out for visitors.

“These are excellent proposals and we look forward to delivering them.”

The council says a value engineering exercise has driven “as much value as possible” from the project but that the construction packages which went out to market were returned over £4 m higher than was expected by its contractor. The current indicative costs for the original scheme sit at £35.8m.

The total indicative costs for the enhanced leisure water facility along with the timeline for its construction will be available in the cabinet report in February.