Worthing's new 'Splashpoint' pool
December 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM
Topping out Worthing's new 'Splashpoint' pool
A 'topping out' ceremony has marked the latest construction milestone for Worthing's new £17.9m leisure complex.
Worthing Mayor Charles James and Worthing's Youth Mayor Cam Hughes laid the last piece of aluminium capping on the highest point (15metres) of the roof of Worthing’s newly christened 'Splashpoint' pool, which will replace the Aquarena venue in the West Sussex town.
Wilkinson Eyre was appointed to design this new swimming pool following a RIBA competition. The new pool complex will offer separate competition pools for diving and swimming, children's shallow pools, a flume, a partially sunken pirate ship, spurting water features, steam and sauna rooms, a health and fitness centre, café, crèche and flexible space for other activities.
The site, located adjacent to the existing Aquarena facility and close to the town centre, presents an exciting development opportunity on a unique seafront site. The design aims to maximise the potential of the site with 'ribbons' of accommodation flowing from north to south to emphasise the connection between land and sea. Each pool form has its own terrace, opening up the façade to animate the beachfront elevation and enlivening this prominent location in line with the Council’s aspirations for an Active Beach Zone.
The construction started last September with groundwork and early spring saw the steel structure finally rising from the ground. The last massive beams were installed two week ago thus revealing more clearly the award winning design.
"This is a very exciting moment," said Worthing council leader, Paul Yallop, "It has taken a lot of sheer determination and nerve to get this project off the ground. I am thrilled that Worthing will finally have a fantastic new pool for residents and visitors to enjoy."
David Sershall, Area Director at construction company Morgan Sindall, said: "A topping-out is akin to a ship-naming ceremony, an age-old ritual designed to shield the ship from harm. In our case, the ceremony marks the completion of the superstructure of the Splashpoint Leisure Centre.
"Our team is proud to be part of this hugely significant project for Worthing. This innovative, striking building will provide a state-of-the art facility for the local community to enjoy. We have enjoyed a positive, collaborative relationship with the Worthing Borough Council team and we are very pleased to be able to celebrate this significant milestone for the project as it progresses towards completion."
Splashpoint is expected to open in May 2013.