£52million leisure centre and bus station in Exeter on course for summer opening

A state-of-the-art new leisure complex and bus station in Exeter are on course to open this summer. 

City councillors were this week given an update on the £52million scheme and told that – despite the Covid-19 pandemic – work is on-track.

Some £44million is being splashed on St Sidwell’s Point, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark.

It is the first Passivhaus energy efficiency-standard leisure complex in the country and expected to save 70 per cent on annual costs.

It will include a main swimming pool, a learners’ pool with moveable floors, a confidence pool, a gym, cafe, two fitness studios, a health suite and spa facility, and a children’s soft play area.

The £8million new Exeter Bus Station will include covered waiting and boarding areas and high-quality facilities.

Work is progressing on the St Sidwell's Point leisure complex in Exeter.

Work is progressing on the St Sidwell’s Point leisure complex in Exeter.

Exeter City Council leader Phil Bialyk said: “Construction is going well and we are on course to have both the new bus station and leisure centre open in the summer.

“These new facilities are much needed in Exeter and I can’t wait to get them open.

“I am delighted that we’ve been able to deliver this project at a time when, because of Covid and what’s happened with the economy, so many projects planned by others have had to cease.

“We’ve been able to carry on and the project has had a huge impact on the local economy, in terms of the supply chain and income it has generated locally.

“The whole city will see the see the benefit, and I am so pleased to say that they are getting ever nearer to completion.

“I am delighted that we have continued with the project and that money we have spent with have a four-fold effect in the benefits to the community. It was the right thing and we will see the benefits of it in Exeter.”

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