Agenda item

Presentation: Broomhill Pool Update


9.1.       Mr Tim Mills, Director of Business Development at Fusion Lifestyle and Mr Alan Wilkinson, KLH Architects, gave a presentation on the restoration and redevelopment of Broomhill Pool with the following key points:

·           Fusion Lifestyle was an independent charity dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and well-being and increasing participation in healthy activities

·           Fusion restore, redevelop and manage over 80 community sport facilities in the UK, including 6 outdoor pools/lidos

·           Surplus income from their facilities was reinvested in developments and improving services provided

·           Broomhill Pool opened in 1938 and was very popular between 1950s and 1970s before the advent of the heated indoor pool

·           Following its closure in 2002, the Broomhill Pool Trust was formed

·           In 2011, the Council reaffirmed its £1million commitment and Fusion was appointed as IBC’s preferred partner to deliver the redevelopment scheme

·           In late 2017, Fusion secured a large HLF grant of £3.5million, in addition to the Council’s £1million and Fusion’s contribution of £2million

·           The proposals would bring the 50mx80m pool back into use, reinstate the clock tower, restore the grandstand, sun terrace complete with chequerboard tiling, diving stage (only lower board and springboard in use), ticket office and outdoor café

·           The new build element would introduce a health and well-being fitness studio that would provide all-year income

·           A new unisex changing area would replace the former ladies changing area

·           A wider disabled access ramp would be provided, plus disabled access up to the new building

·           The outdoor pool water would heated just enough to take the chill off

·           A Learning and Outreach Officer would be employed to ensure local investment in the site and its activities programme

·           The Council had pledged a further £500k to bring the total funding to £7million

·           Current estimate of the total scheme was £7.2million – the aim was to progress the scheme alongside further fundraising

·           £250k had already been spent on the development of the proposals

·           KLH Architects were appointed to lead on the redevelopment project

·           Multiple surveys had been undertaken, planning permission was in place subject to Section 106 agreement and the lease completed with the Council

·           Next steps included development of designs, appointment of construction contractor, development of delivery plan and regular communications as the project moved forward

·           Anticipated timescales: Design development and procurement of contractor by early 2020, Restoration/redevelopment works by early 2021, with opening of the restored facility in Spring 2021

9.2.       Local resident: How long was the lease with the Council?  50 years.

9.3.       Local resident: There has been a delay in the project in order to raise funds, with opening date now anticipated in 2021; have the costs gone up in that time?
The estimated cost of £7.2million has taken inflation into account over the life of the project; any impact arising from Brexit remained unclear.

9.4.       Councillor I Lockington asked how local residents would be informed as the project progressed, particularly in relation to the loss of on-street parking.  There would be regular communications and updates provided; how best to achieve this was to be determined as communication was as a core strand of the project.

9.5.       Local resident: How much of the £7million has been spent to date?
The £250k spend to date was not part of this budget; the £7million would be used for the future works from this point onwards.

9.6.       Local resident: Would this be a design and build contract?
The procurement of a contractor would be by the traditional tender process due to the specialist one-off nature of this development, i.e. expressions of interest/shortlisting/competitive tender and award in accordance with best price.

9.7.       Councillor Riley welcomed the development and asked whether the pool would be open all year round.
The facility would be open to some extent all year round, with the pool initially in use from May to the end of September, with a view to gradually extending this period.  Other lidos operated by Fusion offered a winter programme of activities, including Christmas and New Year events.