Our initial focus was to establish the need for facilities to meet student need – recreational and curricular. We then looked at the needs of the City as a whole. This involved extensive stakeholder consultation across the University and City.
The outcome of the supply and demand analysis was the opportunity to develop a new swimming pool on the University’s second campus. This could provide for University use only, or be a partnership project between the City Council and the University.
We assessed each option and developed detailed revenue models to illustrate the capital and revenue impact of each, as well as the highlighting issues such as programming and access, given all the needs identified for swimming provision in the City.
The study identified both need and opportunity for investment and development; clearly the level and nature of investment in swimming had a political dimension which required significant discussion, as did the opportunity for investment in the University’s own provision.