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Tackling Health Inequality in Basildon

Everyone Active, in collaboration with Basildon Council, actively enlisted our services to address issues of deprivation and health inequality in the region. To tackle these concerns, a significant £6.3 million investment was made to the Eversley Leisure Centre site. Historically, the facility has been exclusively dedicated to dry-side activities. However, recognising the need for wet-side facilities, the extension project will incorporate a new pool hall, complete with associated changing rooms and plant provisions.

According to a council report, 26% of individuals in the ward suffer from long-term illnesses or disabilities, surpassing the national average of 17%. Additionally, the prevalence of obese children in the area exceeds the national average. Grant Taylor, the head of culture and health for the Conservative-led council, emphasised the significance of this initiative, stating, “This presents a crucial opportunity to address health issues in the most vulnerable areas using the sport that is most beloved in our borough.”

Making Waves

Making Waves

The 25-metre, 4-lane pool has been meticulously designed to meet the diverse aquatic needs of the community, with the aim of creating a “safe and welcoming space” for individuals of all ages and abilities. The new facility will provide swimming lessons for individuals aged four months and older, catering to both children and adults. The pool will be utilised for public swimming sessions as well as lane swimming.

Alongside the swimming pool, the centre’s expansion encompasses dedicated changing facilities and an additional 50 parking spaces. These new amenities prioritise inclusivity, with full wheelchair accessibility and seamless level access between the changing rooms and the pool.

“The new swimming pool is a significant step towards ensuring that everyone in the community has access to the resources they need to lead healthy and active lives. We’re sure this facility will be enjoyed for years to come.”

Shaun Beagle Area Contract Manager – Everyone Active

Unique Design

Unique Design

The project incorporates a modular steel tank, enabling a faster installation compared to traditional methods, resulting in reduced overall disruption to the site. Accompanying the pool is a new wet changing village that includes accessible changing and shower facilities. The pool surrounds adhere to Sport England requirements, and internal reconfigurations enhance access to the new facilities from the dry side.

Our Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Team’s plant accommodation facilitates the provision of mechanical, electrical, and filtration services for the project.

Sustainability First

Sustainability First

Our M&E team diligently identified energy concerns within the building, implementing Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal technologies to reduce the building’s reliance on fossil fuels. This sustainable approach has resulted in the building attaining a BREEAM rating of “Very Good,” demonstrating our strong commitment to sustainability.

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