Client: Coventry City Council

Architect: FaulknerBrowns Architects

Project Manager: Hadron Consulting


The Wave Water Park and Leisure Centre designed with FaulknerBrowns Architects will provide Coventry with an iconic water park and state-of-the-art leisure facility that is accessible to everyone, draws people to Coventry and acts as a catalyst for the regeneration of the city centre.

The £36m centre will provide an exciting ‘high octane’ water park experience for visitors with a range of slides, a lazy river, wave pool and day spa, alongside the more traditional leisure facilities of a 25m-long swimming pool, 120 station gym, dance studio and squash courts.

Located adjacent to the Christchurch spire, one of Coventry’s historic landmarks, the building’s distinctive form has been designed to make the most of the constrained city centre site.  The structure is formed of two parts, the upper circular drum which contains the water park’s two floors; the lower level which houses the wave pool and lazy river and the upper level which accesses the steel framed ride tower, six rides and the exit pools.  The lower rectangular plinth of the ground and first floors contains the main swimming pool, squash courts, spa, gym and changing rooms. 

The structural frame of the building is steel frame with deep cellular beams at the lower floor levels to provide the necessary stiffness to support the pool tanks.  The upper levels, which rise to a height of 19m, are a column-free zone with a massive span of 52m formed by a rooftop diagrid of inclined steel tubular trusses.  This open area houses the slides which are hung from the roof trusses. 

Engenuiti provided structural and civil engineering services for the project.

The Wave is due to open in 2019.   



Image credits: FaulknerBrowns, Ian Hamilton, Engenuiti and Coventry City Council.


8 Mar 2018