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February 2021 update

We may be in lockdown, but work continues apace with this project.

We now have a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the land owners and with that in place we are at a point where we can now talk more openly to you.

We will be holding a launch event for the next stage of the project – our Due Diligence to check that our assumptions on income are actually achievable to ensure we can cover the costs of the project.

We will be hosting a Zoom meeting with representatives from ALL our aquatic clubs invited (3 per club) along with our County representatives, the Swim England East Region Directors and maybe even a National representative…

Details will be sent out shortly, including joining instructions and we strongly urge all clubs to be represented.

On the project, there have been changes to the draft plans, we are now looking at a 50m 10 lane pool with a fixed depth of 3m and we are looking to increase spectator and athlete capacity if possible.

The most important aspect of what we can deliver is what we can earn from it and that fundamentally is where you all come in.

Look out for emails, follow the instructions to register and we look forward t talking to you all next week.

Progress meeting notes October 2020

Work continues behind the scenes. We are now having regular weekly meetings to fathom out the business model and some of the finer details of the proposed layout.

We have had a couple of very fruitful meetings with the landowner and are working very hard to get an agreement in place which will allow us to reveal the location of this exciting project.

Highlights at present…

50m 10 lane pool with a fixed depth of 2.5m

25m 6 lane teaching pool, 0.9m – 2.0m sloping floor

400 seat spectator gallery

320 seat athlete gallery

Raised team pods for briefing/debriefing and team gatherings

We have gone out on twitter to seek feedback from all interested parties from anywhere in the country – what makes good? Email if you have anything specific.

We are also starting to walk through various journeys through the building to identify any issues.

9 October 2020

The Trustees have released initial drawings of the new pool. There is much more work to be done but we think that these drawings provide a good idea of what the end result will look like.

6 August 2020

Work behind the scenes progresses, we are now in possession of a quotation for the pool tanks and have just received our Latent Demand report on potential future demand for the facility.

The report allows us to assess what to put in the build as well as the pools to attract more users/income.

We have been waiting on this report to allow us to gauge how big the build needs to be so we can get an estimate of build costs. Our next step is to have another meeting this month to look in closer detail at that.

We are grateful to those clubs that have responded to our requests for information, we need your cooperation/input to help us get this right – we only have 1 shot at it.

29 June 2020

Several meetings have taken place over the last few weeks diving into even greater detail of potential pool schedules and layouts with some great discussions and ideas being thrown into the mix. 
We are still focussing on requirements for space around poolside, gallery space, changing facilities etc as well as looking at how much revenue we can generate to make the project viable.
The teams supporting us are turning out iterative designs and schedules at great pace given that they are working on this in their free time. The current project team are getting very excited as it is now starting to look like it will be affordable.
To help with the work we are undertaking, we have contacted EVERY swimming club in the county and a number in surrounding counties asking if they would be interested in using the pool in the morning and or evening (dependant on distance). A good number of clubs have responded but there are still quite a few that have not. We need information like this to drive our thinking on the scheduling and revenue. It is important that we get your feedback to help us deliver this for you.
We have also had a very productive meeting with the landowners who are also still very excited by the project and are happy for us to look to incorporate extra facilities in the build. This is great news as it allows even more revenue to be raised.
We remain focussed on delivering this project for the benefit of all our members.

4 May 2020

Herts Aquatics 50m pool team met via a conference call on 30th April.

A very productive call delving into the Athlete Journey at an event, discussing what facilities we need to incorporate for the athletes – including changing cubicles/group change/showers/lockers etc.

The meeting also discussed how athletes use the pool – bags on poolside, requirements for live broadcast, room on poolside, control room, catering operations.

Our next meeting is planned for 21st May.

9th April 2020

Herts Aquatics 50m pool team met via a conference call on 7th April and were updated on progress including work being undertaken by Sport England that we hope to take advantage of.

Sport England & Swim England remain on board with this project and several companies are investing a lot of time looking at its feasibility.

We are still looking at potential operating models to generate more money to allow us to bring the project to fruition and this work needs to look outside the box. We need to reduce build cost and again we are looking at different build options beyond pure bricks & mortar.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 30th April and we will update following that meeting.

From now on we now intend to issue a monthly update.

June 2019

Swim England Hertfordshire are excited to announce that Hertfordshire Aquatics has been granted Charitable Status.

Hertfordshire Aquatics are working very closely with a number of organisations to look at furthering the project. Currently we are looking at how we can reduce the funding we need to allow us to build a fit for purpose facility that you will want to swim at.

We are talking to architects, builders and pool suppliers to see what we can achieve as well as working with specialists to look at predicted income and expenditures.

The project is gaining momentum and once we are sure it will float we will look to sign contracts with the landowners and THEN we will be able to let you know where it is.

In the meantime we will post updates here as and when we have them.