Tarka Leisure Centre
Watson Batty Architects
Sports & Leisure
Speller Metcalfe was appointed by Parkwood Leisure Centre as the main contractor for a new £14m leisure centre in Barnstaple, Devon.
The new Tarka Leisure Centre includes a 25m, eight-lane swimming pool and 20m trainer pool, both with moveable floors that allow the pools to reach up to 1.8m in depth.
The facility is also host to an interactive ‘endless ski slope’ – the first of its kind for Devon – accommodating skiers, snowboarders and tobogganers, which has been built in a room that runs inside to out.
The project also includes a four-court sports hall, gym, three fitness studios, indoor soft play, café and reception area. Outside the centre, visitors have access to ample parking on-site and can enjoy a children’s play area.