Kier has successfully handed over two significant projects for Exeter City Council, the multi-million pound transformation of Riverside pool and leisure centre as well as the city’s state-of-the-art new bus station, which His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited last week.
Exeter's new bus station
The new bus station is situated in the heart of the city centre and will critically support transport links for urban and rural communities across the south west. It has a striking glass front with first-class facilities for commuters as well as ample seating throughout the building. Kier consulted with local bus user groups as well as RNIB to ensure this new transport infrastructure was accessible for all. Funded by Exeter City Council with a £800,000 grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) ‘Getting Building Fund’, the new bus station is set to provide a sustainable transport solution for Exeter for years to come.
The new facilities at Riverside, Exeter
Kier has also transformed the Riverside leisure centre with an array of modern and first-class facilities, including a new learner and swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa pool. New changing facilities and modern spectator facilities have also been installed.
Anthony Irving, managing director of Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, said: “We are delighted to have handed over these two important projects which provide important new facilities for the people of Exeter to enjoy for years to come. The new bus station has been rated excellent for its environmental credentials, complementing the ambition of the Passivhaus leisure centre at St Sidwell’s Point, supporting Exeter City Council’s net zero 2030 plan.
“As part of our commitment to providing legacies in which we work, we are incredibly proud of the work we have, and will continue to do, with Building Greater Exeter to provide job and training opportunities to the next generation of talent as well as showcasing the innovative building methods we are using to deliver sustainable infrastructure across the city.”
Exeter City Council Leader Phil Bialyk said: “To have these two major projects completed and opened on the same weekend is fantastic for Exeter.
“The Riverside pool had serious structural issues and it has taken a long time to get to this point. I want to thank everybody who has worked so hard on this project to get the pool and health suite back open and looking better than ever.
“The new Exeter Bus Station looks fantastic. It is a major gateway into Exeter and we have created something that the city can be very proud of for decades to come.”
Other projects Kier is delivering for Exeter City Council include St Sidwell’s Point, the UK’s first Passivhaus standard ultra-low carbon leisure centre, designed to save up to 70% on annual energy costs and St Loyes extra care home scheme, a £9.8m development that will be the first Passivhaus standard care home in the country.