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Plymouth Life Centre

Plymouth Life Centre is the city's brand new leisure and sports centre. Opening in 2012, the facility cost £46.5m, and became the base of operations for several international 'London 2012' hopefuls.

The centre offers the largest aquatic facilities of their kind in southern England, outside of the Olympic Village, which includes:

  • The only 10-lane, 50m swimming pool in the South West.
  • One of the best diving pools in the country.
  • A multi-purpose sports hall.
  • A 15m climbing wall and bowling area.


The Design

To introduce variety into a potentially severe monolithic structure, the architect decided to use multiple Sto facade systems. Across the facade, the StoVentec Glass rainscreen cladding system has been seamlessly combined with the StoTherm Classic external wall insulation system.

The system was installed by specialist contractor LSC Facades Ltd over a three month period. "This was one of the first StoVentec Glass installations in the UK," says Mick Godwin Operations Manager at LSC, "and it could not have been a simpler product to install."

"The system fixes to the building in much the same way as other Sto products we're familiar with, so we had no problems installing it," Mick adds.

Project Information

  • 519 glass panels were used on the Plymouth Life Centre.
  • The total area of glass panels used was 1,102 m².
  • Each glass panel was approximately 1m x 2.4m in size.
  • Most of the glass panels were rectangular and uniform, but many are unique and have sloping edges.
  • Two glass colours were used throughout: RAL 1023 (Yellow) and RAL 5012 (Blue).
  • Eight different colours of rendered StoTherm Classic EWI were used.

Project Page

Plymouth Life Centre

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