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Well the answer is Yes and No!
The Leicester Mercury reports: “Proposals for a “secret Island” on the River Soar in Leicester have won a contest for suggesting ways it could be regenerated. Architects from around the world were invited to submit designs for Soar Island in the city’s industrial heartland.” The winning design “brings together narrow boat markets, micro-farming and craft workshops, with open-air performance space, riverside starter homes and a floating swimming pool.
On the other hand…
“City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said he would be interested to see what elements of the design could realistically be delivered… ‘There was plenty of imagination and creative thinking in SWA’s proposals, although clearly it would be the more commercially deliverable elements that could play a part in our vision for Soar Island.
‘While the final scheme will be at the discretion of the developer who ultimately takes on this site, it’s possible that some of SWA’s pioneering ideas – such as self-build homes and workspaces – could work on a site like this.’ ”
No mention of the floating swimming pool as one of the commercially deliverable elements of the plan here! This is a great pity because Leicester City Council are in a position to celebrate Leicesters status as Environment City and at the same time build on the city’s rich swimming heritage by including a floating swimming pool as proposed in this winning design. Similar proposals are afoot in the capital, and have long been an attractive feature on the continent.
Leicester is being transformed before our eyes as the vision of Sir Peter Soulsby the city mayor unfolds and develops. His appreciation for this historic city and its rich heritage cannot be denied even by open mouthed skeptics. But could this scheme as a floating swimming pool in Leicester be commercially viable? One only has to take a look at the success of the bathing beach at Rutland Water to find the answer.