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Artist commissioned for new pool

Posted by Communications Team on 4 November 2019 | Comments

Suffolk-based artist Jo Chapman has been commissioned to work with community groups in Hadleigh to design a sunshade for the new pool.

Jo Chapman will now work with local community groups in Hadleigh, including the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance, to look at themes to inspire the sunshade (brise soleil) design for the new swimming pool at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure.

The groups will explore themes such as the importance of wellbeing and exercise, the pool environment, local landscape and more.

This work forms part of a £2.4m investment by Babergh District Council, with £200,000 of funds provided by Hadleigh Town Council and a Sports England grant (£150k), to build a new swimming pool at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure.

Built by local firm Rose Builders the pool is expected to be opened to the public in summer 2020, with the old pool re-landscaped into park land, resulting in no net loss of open space.

The works will include;

  • New pool with five 25 metre lanes
  • Disabled access to the pool via easy access steps and handrail or via lift
  • Changing Places toilet and shower facility
  • Sauna
  • Spectator seating
  • Access through to the existing changing facilities, refurbished in 2010.

As a site-specific artist, Jo Chapman specialises in large scale public commissions for parks, colleges, libraries, hospitals, housing developments as well as running educational workshops.

Jo Chapman, said:

“It’s always exciting to be part of a big public project like this and being able to work with the community to inspire a design. I know Hadleigh, and the pool especially, is a special place for many people in Babergh and I look forward to being able to capture those feelings in the final design.”

Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for communities, said:

“It’s exciting news we’ve now been able to announce Jo as the local artist who will work on the pool’s sunshade design.

“We recognise the importance of remaining healthy and active, so this investment in our leisure facilities and infrastructure shows that commitment. I look forward to seeing how our community and Jo work together to create the final design.”

Tracey Loynds, Development Director for Abbeycroft Leisure, said:

“We hope that the artwork will show the history of swimming in Hadleigh to the current day.

“The new pool will be in a stand-out location for the community and this art project to create a sunshade design will provide something important to the people of Hadleigh for years to come.”