Andover, Hampshire

In an area that was already short of pool space, this temporary swimming pool was the ideal solution to cater for all local swimming needs while a new, permanent facility was being built.


To provide a temporary 25m swimming pool in Andover, Test Valley that would manage the displacement of swimmers during the demolition and rebuild of a new leisure centre.

The facility had to cater for all elements of swimming, from revenue-generating lessons through to club training, for a period of two years.

The client chose a 25m pool so that all the local swimming needs would be addressed, including the minimum target distance to be achieved in national curriculum lessons by Key Stage 2 children.


ReCreation built upon a part-derelict car park near the existing property. Working closely with the council client, its leisure operator and local planners, ReCreation’s professional design team was able to fulfil the brief exactly as desired with a 4-lane 25m pool, viewing area and changing village.

The final project was a constant depth 25m pool including superstructure, plant room, changing rooms and reception space. The temporary building was a steel frame structure with fire-safe cladding to the walls and a double skin polyester roof.



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“Every UK community should have easy access to a swimming facility. By working closely with Test Valley Council and our build partners, we were able to build a pool that met all requirements and kept adults and children in Andover active.”
Adrian Turner
Adrian TurnerDirector of Deveopments, ReCreation

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