Heated throughout, swimmers will be using the sports hall changing rooms before walking through a tunnel into the marquee.

Stratford Leisure Centre is owned by Stratford District Council and taxpayers’ money is paying for the refurb, but it is run by EveryoneActive.

Jon Senior, Regional Director for EveryoneActive, said: “We wanted to think outside the box a little bit. We have around 1,900 children on Everyone Active swimming lessons, swimming clubs, aqua aerobics sessions, schools and casual usage in both Swimming pools.

“This allows us to rehouse the majority of our swimming lesson programme as well other bookings.  We are currently working through the detail of the temporary pool programme.”

What the marquee looks like from outside.

What the marquee looks like from outside.

Just over one metre deep, unfortunately the canoe club and sub-aqua diving club will not be able to use it.

The temporary pool is being provided by Total Swimming, a company set up by former Olympic swimmer Steve Parry in 2006.

The Liverpudlian is best known for winning Bronze in the 200m Butterfly at Athens 2004.

“It’s a substantial cost,” admitted Mr Senior, who confirmed EveryoneActive were paying for the temporary pool.

“It’s certainly not the sort of thing you have in your back garden, but it will ensure our customers remain active and we can continue to teach people how to swim for the duration of the refurbishment.”

The £5 million refurbishment was due to start in Spring, but work has been delayed while the council look for contractors.

A large portion of the money is going on new pool facilities, but perhaps the most eye-catching addition is a children’s climbing turret near the entrance.

What the climbing turret will look like in the entrance to the new leisure centre.

What the climbing turret will look like in the entrance to the new leisure centre.


Earlier this year, users complained at plans to create a unisex changing village with individual cubicles.

A small male and female group changing area was added, but some users were still unhappy.

Opened in 1974 with a life expectancy of 30 years, Stratford Leisure Centre is overdue a redesign.