Access roads completed and diggers on siteWith less than two years to go, the countdown has started for the completion of a brand new £42 million pool and water park for Derby. Work to create highway access routes on to the Moorways site began in November, following the granting of planning permission, and a council spokesman said that the main construction work will begin “in the near future”. The project, which is expected to be completed by late 2021, will become part of the Moorways Sports Village featuring a 50m pool, water park and learner pool alongside a health and fitness suite. The site already features a stadium and athletics track. Councillor Robin Wood, council cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “It’s great to see diggers on site and work starting on this important new pool and water park. The project is moving forward and that’s what people want to see.” The complex will feature a modern gym kitted out with the latest equipment, studios as well as sauna and steam rooms. There will also be a café with soft play, multi-use rooms and a large multi-use area fitted out with a family activity.
Inside the water park there will be two four storey flumes along with England’s first wave generating wow ball and wave rider slide. Younger visitors will also be able to enjoy the indoor water playground and beach area.
The 50m pool will have the flexibility to be divided into three separate 25m pools. There will also be a learner pool for swimming lessons.
Artist’s impressions released by Derby City Council show the exterior will dual tone silver to gold cladding, which will shift in colour depending on the position of the sun.
Demolition of the original Moorways complex began in November 2017 under the Labour group’s leadership of the city council.
The first building to be taken down was the sports centre, which housed the sports hall used for badminton, squash and counting election votes. This as followed by the former swimming pool.
Contractors AR Demolition used a special machine to carry out the work – one of only five in the country – which changed the tools it used on its extended arm without the need for another worker.
This meant for example that to change from being a grab, the bucket was disconnected remotely by the man at the machine’s controls and a new tool fitted to pull down a wall – within seconds.
But the project was delayed after the city’s Conservative group took power in May 2018 and set about a re-design of the complex and the cost was increased from £33 million.
Credit for this article goes to Derbyshire Live.
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