First images of Coventry’s city centre water park released
The new building, which will house a water park with slides, 25metre swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, squash courts, dance studio and day spa, has been designed to reflect the city’s ribbon weaving past – with the outside appearing to be wrapped by a swirling ribbon.
The building, which will sit on the site of Spire and Christchurch House, next to Christchurch spire - is being designed by international architects FaulknerBrowns. The circular building will be dramatically lit at night.
Cllr Abdul Khan Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Sports and Parks, said: “I’m really impressed by these designs – there’s definitely a wow factor here that we were very clear we wanted for this building.
“We set a really tough challenge to the design team, demanding a landmark building that fits into our city centre and that’s exactly what the team has delivered. The quality of the design sets a new standard – one we will expect all new developments in the city centre to match.
“The city has continued to change and attract investment as it works towards a brighter future, creating jobs and a better city for all. We are taking massive strides in our ambition to be a top ten city and the water park is big part of our plan to transform the city centre.
“It’s at the very heart of the new mix we are trying to create for our city centre – they are no longer about just shopping, they are about enjoying leisure time with friends and family and the water park will be at the very heart of that change.
“We believe our proposal for a water park and 25m pool with day spa facilities will be a real hit with residents and we’ve been able to plan a range of rides to suit everyone – from the bravest thrill seeker to the youngest user.
“It’s based on a spiralling ramp with a range of slides and rides directly off the ramp. Nowhere else has done it like this before and it will make our new water park one of the most accessible in the country for people with a disability.
“I’m also really pleased that this new pool could help to fund a new 50m pool for Coventry. Once the water park is open I’m sure it won’t be long before local people are as proud of it as they are the 50m pool."