when the community Pool feels more like swimming in a lake

Formby Pool
Formby Pool

We won a competition for this new 25 metre 5 lane swimming pool, learner pool, fitness suite and cafe in Formby, Lancashire. The client’s brief desired a scheme that would work for a wide range of users – a building with “heart” that would form a civic presence on the High Street. The old town centre football ground was also transformed into a new public park which surrounds the building, providing a new focal point for the community.

Swimming at Formby Pool is like swimming in a lake, reconnecting with nature through our choice of sensuous materials, the visual link with the park and the use of daylight.

Key Information

Sector: Community 

Client: Formby Land Trust

Location: Merseyside

Completion: December 2006

The swimming pool is the source of much local pride and has had a significant beneficial impact on the community it serves.

RIBA Judges

outside in

The building is entirely timber framed and comprises of two distinct elements. The first is a linear, copper-clad entrance block which contains the foyer, changing facilities and fitness suite. A taller and more expressive timber-clad structure contains the main pool hall and café. The roof geometry gradually changes along the length of the building, giving a greater volume towards the deep end of the pool and creating a more significant presence on the High Street. The building is highly transparent, enhancing its relationship with the park in which it stands.


Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Project Manager
Spring & Co
Structual Engineer
M&E Engineer
Faber Maunsell
Quantity Surveyor
Boxall Sayer
Landscape Consultants
Camlin Lonsdale
Dew Construction / ISG Interior Exterior
Dennis Gilbert/VIEW Pictures

FCBStudios Team Leads

Andy Couling


RIBA Stirling Prize: Midlist
RIBA National Award
Civic Trust Award: Commendation
Wood Award: Gold Winner
Wood Award: Commercial Category: Winner
Copper in Architecture: European Award: Highly Commended