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Perth sports and leisure hub vision unveiled

February 3 2014

Perth sports and leisure hub vision unveiled
Plans to build a £25m sport and leisure hub in Perth have been unveiled by Live Active Leisure, which would see the existing Dewars Centre rebuilt to accommodate a swimming pool, fitness suite, ice rink and adventure play park.

Designed by AFLS+P the scheme will combine plant rooms to transfer waste heat from the ice rink to warm water for the main pool.

Nicola Lessells, deputy CEO of Live active Leisure commented, “PH2O offers a unique ‘spend to save’ opportunity. The present delivery model, over multiple sites which are beginning to show their age, is simply not sustainable.

“If we do nothing, income trends will fall and costs will rise, which clearly has dramatic financial implications as well as a negative impact on the quality and quantity of opportunities for our communities to live actively.”

Mike Robinson, project board chairman for PH2O added: “We have some great expertise behind us including one of the best sports centre architects with a design team that delivered the London Aquatic Centre. The project board, made up of carefully chosen LAL directors and partner representatives, bring extensive experience in delivering large scale projects of this nature on time and on budget through working effectively in partnership. Perth Leisure Pool and Perth Concert Hall are examples that many will recognise.”

The scheme is currently £15m short of its funding target.
A new atrium will incorporate a rock climbing wall
A new atrium will incorporate a rock climbing wall
Perth leisure Pool and Dewars Centre are deemed no longer fit for purpose
Perth leisure Pool and Dewars Centre are deemed no longer fit for purpose


#1 Posted by Jonathan on 4 Feb 2014 at 10:09 AM
Visuals and ideas look great, but I do question the viability of this. Perth pool is actually very good (not sure i agree with the 'not fit for purpose' comment - hint of jealously of Dundee's new pool?, and what is it with the perth culture of demolishing at present).

That being said the images look nice, and the idea to combine the plant and use hot air from ice rink to heat pool is very clever.
#2 Posted by Bob on 4 Feb 2014 at 14:12 PM
Happy to be corrected but I understood the existing ice rink and swimming pool setup used heat reclaim from the ice rink to heat the pool.

I would also like to understand the basis of the 'not fit for purpose' comment.
#3 Posted by UR on 4 Feb 2014 at 14:29 PM
Bob - This comment is based on Live Active's assertion that the existing sites are 'not sustainable' financially nor able to supply the 'quantity and quality' of services required.
#4 Posted by Nick on 8 Apr 2014 at 15:16 PM
Any idea if the Ice rinks will accommodate Ice Hockey like Dundee and Stirling's venues or will Perth continue to be a backward town and build it solely based for Curling?
kevin ashe
#5 Posted by kevin ashe on 28 Dec 2014 at 20:50 PM
The pool is one of the better ones in scotland,in falkirk ours is very poor thats whe come up occassionally for a swim.FIt the roofs of both buildings with solar panels and build a wind turbine.both buildings able to run much more cheaply and at a fraction of 25 million for a newbuild

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