With just one day to go until the opening of Worthing's brand new swimming pool emotions in my house have reached a state of fervour.
Twenty long years in the planning (we do things slowly on the Sussex coast) and a reputed £19.7 million later, the pool is about to open on the evening before West Sussex County Council elections – what better feel good publicity for our camera-ready councillors?
Wilkinson Eyre architects won a RIBA competition to design the new pool but their execution of the project met with much local muttering. The final building is different to the initial publicly exhibited design (see it here) and the entrance and café aren't on the seafront as originally planned. However, the new building does look splendid from the outside – a streamlined homage to modernism, all boxy outlines and gleaming copper walls reflecting Worthing's plentiful sunlight.
|Worthing's new swimming pool viewed from the beach|
|Superb exterior of Splashpoint pool|
We went down to take a look at the finished building on Sunday and peered enviously in through the tall glass windows as lucky fitness club members enjoyed a private swim before the rest of us are allowed in tomorrow. It was lovely to see familiar faces from the old Aquarena manning the front desk and my daughter squealed with excitement when she saw the big yellow slide and fountain in the children's fun pool.
|Sneak preview - inside Splashpoint|
With an abundance of bicycle racks outside, Splashpoint swimming pool is another great thing for Worthing and I can't wait for my first swim!
|Count those cycle racks! It's a cyclist-friendly pool.|