DESIGNS for the new city centre water park have been unveiled.
The £36.7 million building will house a water park with slides, a 25 metre swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, squash courts, dance studio and day spa.
The circular building, which has been designed by international architects FaulknerBrowns to look like a swirling ribbon to reflect the city’s ribbon weaving past, will sit on the site of Spire and Christchurch House, next to Christchurch spire and will be dramatically lit at night.
Councillor Abdul Khan Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Sports and Parks, said: “I’m really impressed by these designs – there’s definitely a wow factor here that we were very clear we wanted for this building.
“We set a really tough challenge to the design team, demanding a landmark building that fits into our city centre and that’s exactly what the team has delivered.
“We believe our proposal for a water park and 25m pool with day spa facilities will be a real hit with residents and we’ve been able to plan a range of rides to suit everyone – from the bravest thrill seeker to the youngest user.
“It’s based on a spiralling ramp with a range of slides and rides directly off the ramp.
“Nowhere else has done it like this before and it will make our new water park one of the most accessible in the country for people with a disability.”
Coun Khan also said the city centre pool could help fund the proposed 50 metre pool at the Alan Higgs Centre on Allard Way.
He added: “Once the water park is open I’m sure it won’t be long before local people are as proud of it as they are the 50m pool.”
Council and NHS staff will be moving out of Christchurch House and Spire House this year.
The planning application for the building is expected to be submitted to Coventry City Council in May with construction work set to start on site next spring with a planned opening date in late 2018.