Project Description

Kawneer glazing systems to feature on world’s first Passivhaus leisure centre


Work is expected to start shortly on the manufacture and installation of the world’s first Passivhaus leisure centre, featuring architectural glazing systems by leading aluminium systems supplier Kawneer UK.

The systems – two types of curtain walling, three types of doors, windows and brise soleil – will be manufactured and installed by Kawneer-approved specialist sub-contractor AB Glass for main contractor Kier at St Sidwell’s Point in Exeter.

The 4,850-square-metre project will replace an ageing swimming pool with an eight-lane national/county-standard pool and four-lane learner pool, both with movable floors, together with dry sports facilities including gym, café and crèche, and health and spa amenities.

Benefits of the Passivhaus design include a 70 per cent saving on energy costs when compared to a current good practice pool, a 50 per cent reduction in water use, outstanding internal water and air quality, excellent daylight levels and lower maintenance costs due to a high-quality building fabric.


Step up Kawneer’s Passivhaus-certified AA®100 capped curtain walling, which will be used around the building envelope and some locations internally, and RT®82HI windows, which feature exceptional levels of thermal performance and airtightness, partly due to larger-than-normal thermal breaks.

These Passivhaus-certified products will be manufactured and installed by AB Glass alongside Kawneer’s AA®100 FR and AA®720 FR fire-rated curtain walling and doors as internal screens, AA®190 TB external entrance doors, AA®720 standard and AA®720 HI doors internally and externally, and AA®130 brise soleil.

The flagship in Exeter City Council’s £330 million regenerating city centre masterplan is expected to open in the spring of 2021.