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UK's 1st Passivhaus pool progresses

Set to make a splash next year – progress at St Sidwell’s Point, the UK’s first Passivhaus leisure centre & pool, is advancing well.

Exeter How St Sidwell's Point will look. Image: Exeter City Council

Due to open in 2021, St Sidwell’s Point leisure centre is expected to attract around 500,000 visits a year, twice the amount of the previous leisure centre.


People can see for themselves the structure rising above the hoarding line and the striking curve of the building starting to take shape. Those working on site have done a fantastic job. The quality is fantastic, and what we will see at the end of it all will be just breathtaking. I really cannot wait for it to open next year.”

Councillor Phil Bialyk, Exeter City Council leader 


The building has been modelled to withstand predicted changes in climate conditions up to 2080. Saving up to 70% on annual energy costs in comparison to lower efficiency building techniques.

Thanks to ultra-filtration, the pools will have exceptional water quality with minimal chemical content, which will greatly improve the experience for swimmers compared to any other pools in the country.

St Sidwell's Point - All images Exeter City Council


Key Team

Client: PHT Patron Exeter City Council

Lead Architect: Space and Place Architects

Building Envelope Architect & Passivhaus Designer: PHT member Gale & Snowden

Project manager: Randall Simmonds

Main Contractor: PHT Patron Kier

Engineer: Arup

Client Technical Lead: PHT member SE3 Design

Programme Manager: PHT member Baker Ruff Hannon

CertifierPassivhaus Institute (PHI)


2020 UK Passivhaus ConferenceLearn the latest about this innovative Passivhaus on the 4th of November at the UK Passivhaus Conference where St Sidwell's Point is a keynote case study. We look forward to a live contractor walk-through to share an exclusive on-site view of construction.


Further Information

Previous PHT story: St Sidwell's Point targets world first - 15th February 2019

St Sidwell’s Point virtual fly-through

New Exeter leisure complex and bus station rapidly emerging – 11 March 2020

PHI Guidance: Swimming with a clear conscience

1st October 2020

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