St Sidwell’s Point will open next month, Council has revealed
Exeter’s new state-of-the-art leisure center, St Sidwell’s Point, will open in April.
The exact date will be revealed shortly when finishes are completed at the super energy-efficient downtown building.
Cllr Duncan Wood, Senior Recreation and Physical Activity Adviser, said he is delighted that residents are soon using the new centre.
He said: “It’s great news that St Sidwell’s Point is opening to the public in April. We have been waiting for this for a long time, but I can assure everyone that when they see the quality of this establishment, they will know it was worth the wait.
“This is a major asset for Exeter which will serve the city and its citizens for many decades to come.”
It has also been announced that the Pyramids Leisure Center will not reopen after it was temporarily closed two weeks ago when a section of the roof collapsed during Storm Eunice.
All the sessions, as well as the staff, have been relocated to other leisure centers in the city.
There were plans to close Pyramids permanently when St Sidwell’s Point opened. But the final closure has been brought forward by a few weeks to avoid incurring the unnecessary costs of repairing the damage to the roof.
Cllr Wood said: ‘We have always said Pyramids will close when St Sidwell’s Point opens. Unfortunately, we had to close it a few weeks earlier due to circumstances beyond our control. But I look forward to starting a new chapter for our recreation department in Exeter at St Sidwell’s Point.
Cllr Wood said the pyramids hold a special place in the hearts of many people who grew up in Exeter, many of whom learned to swim in the pool.
He said: “For 80 years it was an important facility in the city and I know a lot of people have very fond memories of it.
“He’s started to look very dated and tired in recent years, but he’s served the citizens of this city very well during his long life.”
St Sidwell’s Point, the UK’s first Passivhaus Leisure Centre, features an eight lane 25m main pool and a four lane 20m learner pool, both with movable floors making learning to swimming accessible to all visitors. It also has a 100-station gym, fitness studios, and luxury spa facilities.
Thanks to a special filtration process, the pools will have exceptional water quality with minimal chemical content, which will significantly improve the experience of swimmers compared to a standard pool.