BAM will extend Blackbrook Pavilion Sports Centre, Taunton

BAM Construction is to build a £5 million leisure pool and spa in Taunton, Somerset. The contractor, with its regional headquarters in Bristol, is to deliver the facility as an extension to Blackbrook Pavilion Sports Centre in Taunton. It will include a 25m swimming pool, a smaller learning pool and a spa complete with steam room, sauna and hydrotherapy pool. Changing and viewing facilities will be included, as will a new visitor café.

BAM recently completed a similar pool and leisure complex at Chilton School in nearby Bridgwater, a scheme that helped its bid for this latest project. The contractor will look to offer opportunities on the Taunton project to local suppliers, including those who worked for it in Bridgwater. The Taunton facility includes an option for photovoltaic cells on the existing pavilion roof, as well as use of combined heat and power boilers.

BAM will have to complete the new pool without disrupting use of the adjacent facility, something it managed successfully in Bridgwater. Councillor Catherine Herbert, who holds the sports parks and leisure portfolio with Taunton Deane Borough Council, said:

“Our ambition as a council is to ensure Taunton Deane has first class leisure provision to complement our growth plans. We have recently upgraded the Station Road pool in Taunton, bringing it into the 21st Century, and have had some really positive comments from swimmers.

“The Blackbrook site already hosts the very popular leisure centre run by our partners Tone Leisure and a pool and spa will make it a brilliant leisure complex where people can enjoy all sorts of sports and relaxation from spa treatments to tennis. I am really looking forward to the start on site and seeing a long held ambition turn to reality.”

BAM construction director Craig Allen said:

“We are delighted to have built on our reputation for delivering leisure pools in Somerset with this exciting new project. We will work hard to ensure the construction work benefits the local community and environment throughout the project as well as in end use.”

Elsewhere in the county, BAM is also behind the Arts House for Somerset College, and the Performing Arts Centre in Bridgwater. Work is due to start on site in January 2015, with completion in early 2016.