The need for improved swimming provision in Shrewsbury
There has been swimming at the site of The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre in Shrewsbury for over 100 years. The layout of the smaller pools is on the footprint of the Victorian baths, and the existing Quarry building was built in the 1960s. As a result of the facility’s age and condition, the centre is costly to keep repairing, is not energy efficient nor cost-effective to run, the site layout is restrictive, and the quality of customer provision and experience isn't as good as it would be for a more modern facility.
Since 2007 Shropshire Council, and previously Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council, have been considering options for improving and sustaining swimming provision in Shrewsbury.
On 13 February 2019 Shropshire Council’s cabinet agreed to progress proposals that could see the demolition and rebuilding of the Quarry Pool in Shrewsbury. Cabinet agreed that the existing Quarry site is the most suitable town centre location for swimming provision, and authorised council officers to investigate the potential to develop new swimming provision on the site.
They also agreed a budget of up to £500,000 to undertake the full feasibility assessments, and the preparation of feasibility assessments and concept designs.