Innovative modular Olympic-sized pool for Becontree

Fri 1 March 2019, 2:23 pm

In January, Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington, with other swimming stars, opened a new 50m Olympic-length pool at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, the only full-length pool in the borough and one of only six in London.

Construction of the £2 million project is a world-first. Modular in form and lined with steel, the pool is built above ground level, making installation faster and more cost-effective. It will be heated by a new energy centre, managed by the council’s own district energy company, B&D Energy, which will also supply low-carbon heat to new homes in the area through its district heating network.

Large-scale pieces of artwork around the sides of the pool are by local students from Marks Gate School, who won a competition to get involved.

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