REVEALED: First images of Blackburn's new swimming pool complex

The artist’s image of how the new Water Play Zone will look

The artist’s image of how the new Water Play Zone will look

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LEISURE chiefs have revealed for the first time images of Blackburn’s new swimming pool complex, which is currently under construction and due to open next year.

The artist impressions show what the Water Play Zone will look like, with two flumes, a shallow water area and a range of moving water features to keep youngsters entertained.

The complex will be part of the new £13 million Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre, which is nearing completion off Feilden Street and replaces the existing sports department building at Blackburn College and the council-owned Waves swimming pool.

Blackburn with Darwen Council released the images yesterday, to coincide with the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The ‘speed’ and ‘family’ flumes will be a key feature, with the entrance boxes high up in the pool hall, before being routed outside the building on Nab Lane and coming back in to shallow ‘aqua-catchers’.

As well as a large six-lane pool, there will be a small pool with a moveable floor to allow the depth to vary from 200mm deep for toddler sessions or 1.8 meters for fitness swimmers.

Councillor Andy Kay, cabinet member for resources, said: “Here we have another major investment in leisure facilities.

“The new leisure centre will be a real asset to the borough with its first class facilities.”

“Witton Arena is open for business and attracting hundreds of users. It is important that we continue to invest in modern facilities to help improve the health and wellbeing of all our residents and to attract visitors.”

The scheme is a joint venture between the council and Blackburn College, with Eric Wright Construction carrying out the work.

The sports halls, which will be used by the college during the day but will be available in the evening and at weekends for block bookings by community groups, will open in September, with the pool opening in the New Year.

For more information about it people can email blc@blackburn.gov.uk.

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10:18am Fri 25 Jul 14

burner says...

What a dreadful, grainy image !! Not much use . . . . but adverts are wonderfully sharp.
What a dreadful, grainy image !! Not much use . . . . but adverts are wonderfully sharp. burner
  • Score: 9

11:09am Fri 25 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

Game of "Mousetrap", anyone??
Game of "Mousetrap", anyone?? rudis_dad
  • Score: 7

11:25am Fri 25 Jul 14

the beaver says...

All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money.
All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money. the beaver
  • Score: 19

12:27pm Fri 25 Jul 14

rogersrevenge says...

the beaver wrote:
All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money.
You will find that Blackburn College is splitting the costs with BwD as the venue is catering for both public and for the college students. so not overall costs coming out of taxpayers pockets. but i agree where your coming from though.
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money.[/p][/quote]You will find that Blackburn College is splitting the costs with BwD as the venue is catering for both public and for the college students. so not overall costs coming out of taxpayers pockets. but i agree where your coming from though. rogersrevenge
  • Score: 7

12:45pm Fri 25 Jul 14

the beaver says...

rogersrevenge wrote:
the beaver wrote:
All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money.
You will find that Blackburn College is splitting the costs with BwD as the venue is catering for both public and for the college students. so not overall costs coming out of taxpayers pockets. but i agree where your coming from though.
It really winds me up like the mayors car a BMW 730id they should lead by example why is this not an electric car? It could be on charge at the front of the town hall or at least a hybrid car.
[quote][p][bold]rogersrevenge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money.[/p][/quote]You will find that Blackburn College is splitting the costs with BwD as the venue is catering for both public and for the college students. so not overall costs coming out of taxpayers pockets. but i agree where your coming from though.[/p][/quote]It really winds me up like the mayors car a BMW 730id they should lead by example why is this not an electric car? It could be on charge at the front of the town hall or at least a hybrid car. the beaver
  • Score: 13

1:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Not enough electricity comes from clean sources to warrant an expensive electric car yet for any of us.

As for the pool it looks great from what I can see, and if it makes being active fun for kids then it's money well spend regardless of it's energy usage.

A positive story about Blackburn, not a bad way to end a week!
Not enough electricity comes from clean sources to warrant an expensive electric car yet for any of us. As for the pool it looks great from what I can see, and if it makes being active fun for kids then it's money well spend regardless of it's energy usage. A positive story about Blackburn, not a bad way to end a week! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 4

1:26pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Eric Shawn says...

the beaver wrote:
rogersrevenge wrote:
the beaver wrote:
All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money.
You will find that Blackburn College is splitting the costs with BwD as the venue is catering for both public and for the college students. so not overall costs coming out of taxpayers pockets. but i agree where your coming from though.
It really winds me up like the mayors car a BMW 730id they should lead by example why is this not an electric car? It could be on charge at the front of the town hall or at least a hybrid car.
Or at least be British.
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogersrevenge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money.[/p][/quote]You will find that Blackburn College is splitting the costs with BwD as the venue is catering for both public and for the college students. so not overall costs coming out of taxpayers pockets. but i agree where your coming from though.[/p][/quote]It really winds me up like the mayors car a BMW 730id they should lead by example why is this not an electric car? It could be on charge at the front of the town hall or at least a hybrid car.[/p][/quote]Or at least be British. Eric Shawn
  • Score: 12

1:54pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Reasons says...

Looks like a revamp version of WAVES!!!
Some of us would prefer the basic swimming baths as well to kept .
Looks like a revamp version of WAVES!!! Some of us would prefer the basic swimming baths as well to kept . Reasons
  • Score: 10

3:04pm Fri 25 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

Reasons wrote:
Looks like a revamp version of WAVES!!!
Some of us would prefer the basic swimming baths as well to kept .
The council might be part funding it but It doesn't actually say its available to the public either, what's this ' block booking by community groups' nonsense ? Does this mean I need to join some organisation who will decide when I want to go for a swim ?
[quote][p][bold]Reasons[/bold] wrote: Looks like a revamp version of WAVES!!! Some of us would prefer the basic swimming baths as well to kept .[/p][/quote]The council might be part funding it but It doesn't actually say its available to the public either, what's this ' block booking by community groups' nonsense ? Does this mean I need to join some organisation who will decide when I want to go for a swim ? greenscreener
  • Score: 12

5:01pm Fri 25 Jul 14

mick717 says...

In the pic it shows a long line to get on the slide puts me off all ready.
In the pic it shows a long line to get on the slide puts me off all ready. mick717
  • Score: 9

5:13pm Fri 25 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Reasons wrote:
Looks like a revamp version of WAVES!!!
Some of us would prefer the basic swimming baths as well to kept .
As well as a large six-lane pool, there will be a small pool with a moveable floor to allow the depth to vary from 200mm deep for toddler sessions or 1.8 meters for fitness swimmers.
[quote][p][bold]Reasons[/bold] wrote: Looks like a revamp version of WAVES!!! Some of us would prefer the basic swimming baths as well to kept .[/p][/quote]As well as a large six-lane pool, there will be a small pool with a moveable floor to allow the depth to vary from 200mm deep for toddler sessions or 1.8 meters for fitness swimmers. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Reasons says...

prefer the old style ,, why fix things when they are not broken-Decent pool at Daisyfield -Friendly staff and at shadsworth -least no parking problems
prefer the old style ,, why fix things when they are not broken-Decent pool at Daisyfield -Friendly staff and at shadsworth -least no parking problems Reasons
  • Score: 5

6:35pm Fri 25 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

Reasons wrote:
prefer the old style ,, why fix things when they are not broken-Decent pool at Daisyfield -Friendly staff and at shadsworth -least no parking problems
Will always be Belper street to some of us, do school kids still get Length and Progress Certificates ?
[quote][p][bold]Reasons[/bold] wrote: prefer the old style ,, why fix things when they are not broken-Decent pool at Daisyfield -Friendly staff and at shadsworth -least no parking problems[/p][/quote]Will always be Belper street to some of us, do school kids still get Length and Progress Certificates ? greenscreener
  • Score: 9

7:39pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Eric Shawn says...

So what was waves meant to be when they built it ???

and... the artists image... must be page 22 of a search on Google Images.
So what was waves meant to be when they built it ??? and... the artists image... must be page 22 of a search on Google Images. Eric Shawn
  • Score: 3

7:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

theboxman says...

read this with shame YOU LOSERS running Rossendale B.C.
read this with shame YOU LOSERS running Rossendale B.C. theboxman
  • Score: 3

8:54pm Fri 25 Jul 14

salvadore says...

Block booking for football only not pool. The only problem is if BwD has anything to do with it they'll put the prices for sports hall. When it was the college it was £30 per hour but BwD sites charge £45 prt hour. It gets to the stage where people can't afford to stay fit and healthy
Block booking for football only not pool. The only problem is if BwD has anything to do with it they'll put the prices for sports hall. When it was the college it was £30 per hour but BwD sites charge £45 prt hour. It gets to the stage where people can't afford to stay fit and healthy salvadore
  • Score: 5

11:03pm Fri 25 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

salvadore wrote:
Block booking for football only not pool. The only problem is if BwD has anything to do with it they'll put the prices for sports hall. When it was the college it was £30 per hour but BwD sites charge £45 prt hour. It gets to the stage where people can't afford to stay fit and healthy
Ok thanks I hadn't read it carefully enough.

Will be interested to find out when I can swim and what it will cost ?
[quote][p][bold]salvadore[/bold] wrote: Block booking for football only not pool. The only problem is if BwD has anything to do with it they'll put the prices for sports hall. When it was the college it was £30 per hour but BwD sites charge £45 prt hour. It gets to the stage where people can't afford to stay fit and healthy[/p][/quote]Ok thanks I hadn't read it carefully enough. Will be interested to find out when I can swim and what it will cost ? greenscreener
  • Score: 3

11:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Steven11 says...

the beaver wrote:
rogersrevenge wrote:
the beaver wrote:
All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money.
You will find that Blackburn College is splitting the costs with BwD as the venue is catering for both public and for the college students. so not overall costs coming out of taxpayers pockets. but i agree where your coming from though.
It really winds me up like the mayors car a BMW 730id they should lead by example why is this not an electric car? It could be on charge at the front of the town hall or at least a hybrid car.
Forget the electric part for now , why is B with D council spending our money , yes our money not theirs on German cars ? Do either Germany or France stand up for Cameron over this Airliner Shot down No . France wants to sell Russia their Ships , and to hell with the rest of you !
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogersrevenge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: All these new taxpayer funded buildings and not a solar panel on site. Guess no one thinks about saving money and costs when its taxpayers money.[/p][/quote]You will find that Blackburn College is splitting the costs with BwD as the venue is catering for both public and for the college students. so not overall costs coming out of taxpayers pockets. but i agree where your coming from though.[/p][/quote]It really winds me up like the mayors car a BMW 730id they should lead by example why is this not an electric car? It could be on charge at the front of the town hall or at least a hybrid car.[/p][/quote]Forget the electric part for now , why is B with D council spending our money , yes our money not theirs on German cars ? Do either Germany or France stand up for Cameron over this Airliner Shot down No . France wants to sell Russia their Ships , and to hell with the rest of you ! Steven11
  • Score: 0

7:10am Sat 26 Jul 14

woolywords says...

With the extortionate prices of the public baths, why not do as I do, take a bath in the canal?
Comes with free ducks too..
With the extortionate prices of the public baths, why not do as I do, take a bath in the canal? Comes with free ducks too.. woolywords
  • Score: 3

7:42am Sat 26 Jul 14

ossybsting says...

same people always moaning.............
....if you don't like it go and live elsewhere like on the moon
same people always moaning............. ....if you don't like it go and live elsewhere like on the moon ossybsting
  • Score: 2

8:11am Sat 26 Jul 14

HowardLee23 says...

More info at http://theshuttle.or
g.uk and http://www.facebook.
com/theshuttle
More info at http://theshuttle.or g.uk and http://www.facebook. com/theshuttle HowardLee23
  • Score: -1

10:13am Sat 26 Jul 14

the beaver says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
Not enough electricity comes from clean sources to warrant an expensive electric car yet for any of us.

As for the pool it looks great from what I can see, and if it makes being active fun for kids then it's money well spend regardless of it's energy usage.

A positive story about Blackburn, not a bad way to end a week!
cheaper than a beamer
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: Not enough electricity comes from clean sources to warrant an expensive electric car yet for any of us. As for the pool it looks great from what I can see, and if it makes being active fun for kids then it's money well spend regardless of it's energy usage. A positive story about Blackburn, not a bad way to end a week![/p][/quote]cheaper than a beamer the beaver
  • Score: 2

4:18am Mon 28 Jul 14

Carl_24 says...

Eric Shawn wrote:
So what was waves meant to be when they built it ???

and... the artists image... must be page 22 of a search on Google Images.
I'm sure I heard that Waves will be knocked down and turned into yet another car park.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Shawn[/bold] wrote: So what was waves meant to be when they built it ??? and... the artists image... must be page 22 of a search on Google Images.[/p][/quote]I'm sure I heard that Waves will be knocked down and turned into yet another car park. Carl_24
  • Score: 0

4:23am Mon 28 Jul 14

Carl_24 says...

ossybsting wrote:
same people always moaning.............

....if you don't like it go and live elsewhere like on the moon
Anywhere is better than Blackburn these days.
[quote][p][bold]ossybsting[/bold] wrote: same people always moaning............. ....if you don't like it go and live elsewhere like on the moon[/p][/quote]Anywhere is better than Blackburn these days. Carl_24
  • Score: 3

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