Leisure Centre Project

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River Park Leisure Centre is now more than 40 years old and its ability to meet the needs of a growing population in Winchester is limited. The City Council has looked at various options for replacing or refurbishing it and has commissioned work from external consultants to test the various options.

In September 2015, having looked at the cost and practicality of these various options the Council agreed that the preferred option, if it is affordable and deliverable, would be a new sport and leisure centre at Bar End. The Council are working closely with The University of Winchester, the Pinder Trust and Hampshire County Council to deliver a new sport and leisure centre.

In March 2016 verification plans for the proposed sport and leisure centre were released to show the possible lay out. The location of the centre within Bar End is yet to be confirmed

The Council agreed in November 2016 to purchase the Garrison Ground at Bar End. The Garrison Ground was purchased in December 2016.  This purchase will secure the future of the Garrison Ground for community sport and leisure use, and means that part of the site can be evaluated as an option for the location of the city's new sport and leisure centre.

Current Phase / Ongoing engagement

The initial phase of the project was to develop concept designs with the facility mix agreed by Cabinet and Council in July 2016. The facility mix agreed was a 50m swimming pool, 12 court sports hall, four squash courts, a fitness gym with studios, a hydrotherapy pool and other state-of-the-art facilities.

The concept designs will be developed in consultation with the sporting community, leisure centre users, local residents and businesses and the general public. Alongside the development of concept designs a formal business case will be prepared that assesses the crucial issue of funding and elements such as land ownership, transport and commissioning building designs.

The current estimates from consultants indicate that a new sport and leisure centre at Bar End would cost in the region of £30 - £35 million and take approximately three years to design and build.

Stride Treglown architects in conjunction with LA architects, on behalf of Winchester City Council and the University of Winchester have hosted a series of ‘drop-in’ sessions as part of an ongoing programme of engagement around the future of the Bar End area including a Sport & Leisure Park.  Find out more about the current engagement here.

If you would like further information about the project then please email your enquiry to leisurecentreproject@winchester.gov.uk