Exeter: ‘Striking’ transformation revealed at fire-hit Riverside pool as reopening edges closer

The swimming pool at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter will start to be filled with water this week ahead of a long-awaited reopening in July.

The poolside and health suite facilities at the hub have also been transformed since they were forced to close following a major fire in 2017.

A gym and sports halls at the centre were able to reopen later that year.

Saturday, July 24, is earmarked as the day when the swimming pool will finally reopen.

Refilling it is a process which will take up to four weeks to complete.

Pictures released by Exeter City Council show how the tired and dated interior swimmers may remember has been swept away and replaced with a fresh new colour scheme, modern look and new facilities throughout.

Visitors will experience a completely new changing area, new health suite, sauna and tiling.

Inside the Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter. Image: Exeter City Council

Inside the Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter. Image: Exeter City Council

Inside the Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter. Image: Exeter City Council

The transformation is the result of an investment of around £5.6million by the council, which now runs Exeter’s leisure service directly and no longer uses a third-party operator.

Councillor Duncan Wood, lead for leisure and physical activity, said: “We’ve had a long wait, but I am so pleased that the pool and health suite are finally set to reopen.

“The transformation is striking – this is now a fresh, bright and modern facility which will serve the residents of this city for decades to come.”

The Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter. Image: Exeter City Council

The Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter. Image: Exeter City Council

The transformation programme includes:

  • New changing areas and first-floor changing rooms with new tiling, wall cladding, cubicles;
  • New coinless lockers which open electronically – there will be no need for coins anywhere inside the leisure centre;
  • A new health suite which has been rebuilt with a steam room, sauna and spa pool;
  • New acoustic baffles and wall acoustic material fitted above the pool;
  • New flooring on the balcony and a seating area has been fitted and modern spectator seating;
  • A new plant serving the main and learner pools, alongside other mechanical and electrical engineering work, to improve the future operation of the facility.

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