Open air swimming pool planned for David Lloyd Leisure in Newcastle

David Lloyd Leisure in Gosforth, Newcastle, wants to create an outdoor pool, complete with a terrace and sun loungers

David Lloyd Leisure Centre in South Gosforth
David Lloyd Leisure Centre in South Gosforth

David Lloyd Leisure is embarking on an exciting project that could see the creation of one of the North East’s first outdoor swimming pool.

The Gosforth club already boasts a gym and exercise studio, indoor pool, creche, spa facilities, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a hair and beauty salon.

But big plans are underway to construct an open air pool on the site of one of the tennis courts – complete with terrace and sun loungers.

The club is part of a network of 88 centres in the UK and Europe, founded by 1970s and 80s British tennis star David Lloyd, and they are keen to extend their facilities.

Commercial property and real estate services adviser CBRE has submitted proposals to Newcastle City Council on behalf of David Lloyd, seeking permission to go ahead with the development.

If given the green light the end result will be a 20m x 8m outdoor pool, together with a paved terrace area around the pool which will provide seating and sun loungers for users.

The application shows how a lot of thought has gone into the plans in terms of making sure it will accessible to all, with new wheelchair access installed and low level lighting and timber screening to keep down noise and light pollution.

Pozzoni Architecture, which has offices in Manchester in London, has also sent a design statement to the council, explaining how the mature landscaping of the site will provide good levels of screening for acoustics and light spillage.

A low level lighting system is also planned, to “minimise impact to surrounding users on adjacent sites, and the playing fields to the rear of the facility”.

The external pool terrace will be landscaped with new paving slabs and the pool will be covered every evening with a floating pool cover to retain heat.

The document said: “The client is looking to enhance their existing facilities offered on the site by the addition of an outdoor pool and terrace.

“The site for the proposed outdoor pool currently forms one outdoor tennis court and is located on the western edge of the site, in close proximity to the club building.

“The proposed location has been chosen in order to minimise the impact to on site car parking provision and will benefit from the ability to access the area from the existing indoor pool and changing facilities.

“Enhanced access facilities will ensure inclusive access for wheelchair users not only to the new pool but the site as a whole.

“Impact to adjacent areas will be minimal.

“These improvements to the leisure club will help safeguard the centre and the employment it provides.”

“A new 2.4m high close boarded fence surrounding the pool will provide privacy and security to club members using the pool.”

The outdoor pool would be one of a handful in the North East joining the open air pool at Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre, Weardale open air swimming pool at Stanhope.

Further afield there is Helmsely open air swimming pool in North Yorkshire and several in Cumbria, including Shap, Greystoke and Askham.

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