The Challenge:

Butlin’s were looking to revamp its leisure facilities, which were over twenty years old and showing signs of age.  The renowned resort wanted to replace these facilities with a state of the art, bespoke water park to suit its family friendly ethos.

Having worked with Kier at the Butlin’s Bognor Regis site on several previous occasions, including the £8m Shoreline Hotel and £18m Ocean Hotel, Bourne Leisure contracted Kier for the construction of this prestigious project.

The design would incorporate a series of splash pools, water slides and a wave pool. The new pool would have a capacity of just under 1,000 people at any one time, with changing facilities onsite along with a café.

The area designated for the project had specific challenges that needed overcoming, including being located on top of an underground river. Consequently, an innovative and collaborative approach was required.

The construction programme would be 108 weeks long, this covered the initial set up, asbestos removal, demolition and construction.  

The Solution:

Working closely with the customer and subcontractors, the Splash facility was built with four pools, including a wave pool. There were also three flume rides including the world’s only water helter skelter. Furthermore, there were twelve smaller water slides and an external rapid river flume ride.

Underneath the pools, a basement plant room was built to house essential infrastructure. This includes the combined heating and power units (CHP), which supply all the power and hot water for the building, as well as exporting power back to the grid. Further to this, other sections of the plant room housed the air handling units (AHU), water water treatment filtration equipment and the wave generator.

Towards the end of the project, Kier had over 250 operatives on site and the project completed with 250,000 man hours without incident.

The Impact:

Against a challenging timescale, the project was delivered on time and opened on the 1st April 2019 ahead of the Easter holidays, which is a critical period of trade for Butlin’s. The new Splash facilities were heavily promoted leading up to the holidays and have been enjoyed by holidaymakers since opening.

The 3700m2 Splash facilities have had great feedback from clients and will be enjoyed for years to come. The addition of this Splash facility has transformed the Butlin’s park at Bognor Regis into one of the largest indoor water-parks in Europe and is the first to have an indoor water helter skelter.

Behind the scenes on the project
" The facility is incredible! I would like to shake the person who designed it by the hand. "
" The pool is amazing - and my kids would've stayed in it all day if I'd let them! "
" We all enjoyed the pool. In fact the kids LOVED the pool. A work of indoor water fun-based genius.” "

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