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7. Riverside Pool and Leisure Centre

Riverside Leisure centre: latest update on repairs

Feb 2018 - The leisure complex was badly damaged by fire last year, causing structural damage and significant smoke damage to the building’s fabric. Work is continuing to get the fire-damaged Riverside Leisure Centre fully operational again. Repairs to the roof and infrastructure around the pool are also on-going.

The sports hall, gym and fitness studios are now open to the public, but the pool and health suite remain closed.

The complex structure of the building led to extensive smoke damage, within air ducts and the metal structure of the building. Specialist surveys have had to be undertaken to fully understand the extent and scale of the damage, much of which is not visible from the external view of the structure, typically involving time-consuming investigations and tests. An example of this is the roof structure, which is made of a range of materials including a layer of cork, which suffered significant smoke damage.

The site is also complicated in health and safety terms, because heavy plant cannot be brought into the building as the infrastructure around the pool is not able to support it. It means the 200-plus acoustic baffles over the swimming pool, for example, will need to be removed and replaced manually by contractors using rope access, over the pool itself.



Located near Exe Bridge, Riverside Leisure Centre offers an impressive 100 station gym, 25m swimming pool, sports hall, 2 squash courts, and a friendly onsite café.

Timetables and facilities
This centre is managed by Legacy Leisure on behalf of Exeter City Council.

Riverside Leisure Centre has details of opening times, facilities, classes and timetables.

Riverside Leisure Centre, Cowick Street, Exeter, EX4 1AF

Customer Comments
If you would like to make any comments about the facility or the service managed by Legacy Leisure we would ask all customers to complete this form
Riverside Leisure Centre Customer Comments Procedures