The swimming pool building will be lowered by creating a basement and thus not conceal the frontage of the listed town hall building.
It is proposed that two memorial trees will be planted in Chalkhill Park to make up for the loss, and other replacement trees planted in the school grounds. Green space will be lost but the new swimming pool building will have a green roof.
The new build will also affect the current bus stop serving the 83, 182, 206, 245 and 297 buses. The stop will be relocated but the precise site will have to be negotiated with TfL.
As part of the deal the Lycee will provide some community access to the pool which will be managed externally by a facilities company:
- The swimming pool will be open during the week for use by local schools for four half day sessions
- Community use of the swimming pool and studio facilities is anticipated to be before school use on weekdays, between 7 and 9am, and after school, between 7 and 9.30pm
- Community access for swimming lessons is anticipated on two early evening sessions per week, as well as weekend mornings. General community access to the pool facilities is expected on weekend afternoons and during holiday periods. However, the opening times for the facilities during these periods are yet to be defined.