New 20m Swimming Pool Build

Dukeries Leisure Centre is situated in Ollerton and is part of the Newark and Sherwood District Council portfolio, The existing leisure had an existing but redundant swimming pool which was commercially beyond the point of repair. As the council were keen to bring back swimming to the local community, they looked at the possibility of constructing a new 20m, 5 lane swimming pool adjacent to the existing leisure centre.

Newark and Sherwood District Council appointed Recreation as the pool developers who specialise in Swimming pools and Ascot Services were engaged at RIBA stage 3 to consult with the design team and council on Design and cost plans prior to planning permission being granted. Once planning permission was granted, Ascot entered into a design and build contract for the construction of the new 20m swimming facility.

Due to Local Council budget constraints, an innovative above ground swimming facility was proposed which has numerous cost and time benefits but also comes with its own construction challenges.


The brief was to construct a new 20m, 5 lane above ground swimming pool within proximity of the existing leisure centre to enable a linkway to be constructed between the existing leisure centre and new pool facility. Works started in October 2020 and completed in June 2021.

The new facility consisted of:

  • New above ground 20m 5 lane swimming pool
  • Bleacher seated viewing gallery
  • Male and female changing village
  • Changing cubicles
  • Shower facility
  • DDA Complaint changing, WC and Shower area
  • DDA platform lift
  • Reception and turnstile entrance area
  • Linked walkway to existing leisure centre
  • Automatic entrance/exit doors
  • Pool storage area
  • Pool plant room
  • Mezzanine heating and ventilation plant room
  • New car park facility
  • New tarmac and grass block overspill car park



  • Site clearance
  • Strip foundations
  • New concrete base
  • Steel framework (primary & secondary)
  • Raised floor decking system including screed
  • Kingspan roofing system
  • Brickwork/Blockwork walls
  • Kingspan wall cladding system & Louvres
  • Glazing and curtain walling
  • Automated entrance/exit doors
  • Internal partitioning
  • Internal and external doors & fire doors
  • Fire protection
  • Whiterock wall panelling
  • Suspended ceiling system
  • Floor coverings inc new tiling, vinyl, and carpet tiles
  • Cubicle system
  • IPS panel system
  • Decoration


  • Pool ventilation system
  • Changing area ventilation system
  • Heating system
  • Domestic Hot and Cold water System
  • Above ground drainage system
  • LV distribution system
  • Small power installation
  • Lighting inc emergency lighting
  • Fire alarm system
  • Intruder alarm system
  • CCTV
  • Door access system

External Works

  • New surface water drainage system including 165m3 surface water attenuation tank and pumps
  • Connection to existing foul drainage
  • New electrical/gas/water service connections
  • Grasscrete parking surface
  • Kerbing/paving/block paving
  • New Tarmac car park area
  • Thermoplastic marking

Before & After

Mid Build Internal – Completion

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