The UK’s first Passivhaus leisure centre will open for the public on 29 April.
Designed to use up to 70% less energy, the centre serves as an important milestone in the city’s goal of creating a net-zero carbon city and will support the health and wellbeing of Exeter residents.
Incorporating healthy-building biology principles, the leisure centre will adapt and evolve to the changing climate conditions up to 2080.
Kier Construction Western & Wales managing director Anthony Irving said: “The vision to deliver the UK’s first Passivhaus leisure centre was bold of Exeter City Council and the success of this project has been the outstanding strength and collaboration from all involved.
“St Sidwell’s Point is truly an industry changing building. It represents the future of sustainable construction technology and we couldn’t be prouder to have built it.”
The £42m flagship building is the first part of a broad masterplan by Exeter City Council and also supports the Council’s carbon ambitions.
It has been procured through the Southern Construction Framework (SCF).
The four-storey high St Sidwell’s Point has an outdoor roof terrace, a 25m eight-lane competition pool, a 20m community pool, a children’s confidence pool, a health and fitness centre, and a spa.
The building features a geometrically complex design and a glulam beam that is visible throughout the front section.
Kier partnered with consultant WARM for developing a ‘Passivhaus Passport’ training scheme to achieve the strict Passivhaus standards.
In January this year, Kier was selected to build 142 new affordable homes for Peabody at the Television Centre in London, UK.