Consultant Aecom and Wilkinson Eyre Architects have won the RIBA-organised competition to design a new landmark swimming pool in Worthing.
The new pool complex will form part of Worthing Borough Council’s masterplan for the town’s seafront, and will include an eight lane 25 metre long pool, a combined learner/diving pool, indoor leisure pools, with rapids, flumes, and outdoor waters, a health and fitness centre, café, crèche and flexible space for other activities.
The proposed building will be highly sustainable and incorporate advanced technologies for construction, energy management and re-cycling including:
§ Utilising passive shielding to reduce dependency on mechanical systems;
§ Optimizing the facade design to maximise daylight and passive thermal benefit in winter, and incorporating photo voltaic arrays to generate electricity;
§ Using ground source heat pumps (GSHP) together with a combined heat and power generator (CHP) for all heating and cooling;
§ Introducing structural “Thermobeams”, cellular precast beams, to support the roof and accommodating wind scoops to boost the ventilation strategy;
§ Developing a self-finished structural system using off-site production.