A rendering of Polin's slide design for Leisure Park.
Polin Waterparks A rendering of Polin's slide design for Leisure Park.

Leisure Park in Coventry, West Midlands, Central England will sit just yards from a church tower and spire built in the 1200s. The park's proximity to a historical structure presented several challenges, mainly due to space limitations.

To design the small indoor waterpark, which will house six slides in a very tight space, waterslide supplier Polin Waterparks and FaulknerBrowns Architects collaborated on logistics.

"It is a game-changer in its distinctive design, required to fit the facility into a very tight footprint on a site where Franciscan monks originally constructed a cruciform-shaped church in the early 1200s," said Bilge Pakis, architect and design manager of Polin Waterparks.

The structure will be three stories tall to accommodate several public requests in such a small footprint. In addition to slides, the site also will house a public pool, gym, climbing wall, squash courts, dance studio, day spa and administrative area.

The unique floor plan put the park's waterslides on the third floor, an unusual request that required the firm to retool some of its attractions.

"Polin needed to specially adapt its rides to fit within the specific limitations of the building's mostly round layout and its constricting ceiling height," said Zeynep Canbaz, senior architect at Polin.

The park is expected to open in late 2018 or early 2019, according to Polin representatives.