Leisure – Norwich Riverside Pool

Architect: The Charter Partnership

Client: Norwich City Council

Contractor: RG Carter Limited

Value: £5.7 million

Adjacent to Carrow Road Bridge this is the fourth river frontage site on the brownfield Riverside development in Norwich for which Richard Jackson Ltd has been project engineers.

The project comprises a main 25 metre pool, learner pool, fitness suite and dance studio with other community facilities. A complex arrangement of plant rooms is accommodated within a labyrinth reinforced concrete sub structure. Displacement auger piles penetrate a shallow fill and peat overburden.

The design team went to considerable lengths to help counter the effects of potential ground settlements in excess of 100mm. To help deal with soil contamination, the entire building is overlain with a vented gas proof membrane. The striking curved profile main roof comprises glulam beams supported on concrete encased circular steel columns.