Case Study – St Sidwells Point

St Sidwells Point Leisure Centre

Newbuild – Commercial – Passivhaus

Aldas provided airtightness design guidance and extensive preliminary air leakage investigations. Testing of mock-up assemblies and partial sections, followed by preliminary and acceptance air tightness testing were undertaken by Aldas. The newbuild Passivhaus leisure centre, at St Sidwell’s Point in Exeter, passed its final test just before Christmas 2021

St Sidwells Point Leisure Centre

Gale & Snowden Architects

Name: St Sidwells Point Leisure Centre
Location: Exeter
Building Type: Commercial, Leisure Centre
Opening in: April 2022

The brief for this facility includes:

  • Main and learner pools with moveable floors and changing village
  • Confidence water pool
  • 100-spectator seating area
  • Café and soft play area
  • Health suite and health spa
  • 150 station fitness gym and changing rooms

Sustainability Outcomes:

  • The world’s first Passivhaus-certified multi-zoned leisure centre
  • Building Biology IBN best practice in healthy building design
  • Best practice guidance developed under the TSB’s Design for Future Climate programme

Key Benefits of Achieving Sustainability Outcomes:

  • 70% saving on energy costs compared to current good practice
  • 50% reduction in water use
  • Outstanding internal water quality and air quality
  • Excellent daylighting levels
  • Healthy, uplifting and comfortable indoor environment
  • Low maintenance costs from high quality building fabric & mechanical systems
  • Resilience against predicted future climate change

St Sidwells Team

Client: Exeter City Council
Lead Architect: Space and Place Architects
Building Envelope Architect & Passivhaus Designer: Gale & Snowden
Project manager: Randall Simmonds
Main Contractor: Kier
Engineer: Arup
Landscape Design: LDA Design
Airtightness Consultant: Aldas Ltd
Leisure Consultant:  Continuum
Certifier: Passivhaus Institute (PHI)

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Passivhaus Trust

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Airtightness Report

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The quality is fantastic, and what we will see at the end of it all will be just breathtaking. I really can’t wait for it to open.

Phil Bialyk, Leader of Exeter City Council

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