Replacement Leisure Centre Project

River Park Leisure Centre is 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 leisure centre built at Bar End.

The Council purchased the Garrison Ground at Bar End in December 2016. This 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.

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Project Summary

Project Name Replacement Leisure Centre Project
Portfolio Holder Cllr Lisa Griffiths
Start Date 01/05/2013
Key Steps/Milestones


  • Options appraisal - 2013 to 2015
  • Feasibility assessment of preferred option - 2016
  • Prepare outline business case for preferred option - 2016/17
  • Approval of outline business case - 2017
  • Prepare and seek planning permission - 2017/18
  • Start on site - 2018
  • Completion - 2020

Latest Status

Stride Treglown architects in conjunction with LA architects, on behalf of Winchester City Council and the University of Winchester are engaging local people through a series of ‘drop-in’ events in June and July about the future development of the Winchester Sport & Leisure Park at Bar End.

During June 2017 five public engagement ‘drop- in’ sessions relating to the emerging proposals for the Winchester Sport & Leisure Park were held at the Guildhall and the Winchester Sports Stadium, Bar End. The sessions presented an opportunity for interested local people, local residents and sports groups to understand the context in which the project is being promoted by the Council and its partners.  Initial findings from June engagement can be found here.

Details on engagement during July 2017 are detailed below.


Stride Treglown architects in conjunction with LA architects, on behalf of Winchester City Council and the University of Winchester, invite you to a second phase of engagement ‘drop-in’ sessions:

• Friday 21st July between 3.00pm and 7.30pm at Guildhall Winchester
• Saturday 22nd July between 10.00am and 4.00pm at Winchester Sports Stadium
• Tuesday 25th July between 3.00pm and 8.00pm at Guildhall Winchester

This phase of engagement will focus more on the emerging Design Framework and early concept ideas for the Sport & Leisure Centre.

We hope you will come along to these engagement sessions and make your comments known to the Project Team. If you are unable to attend, copies of the exhibition boards (link) and a feedback questionnaire (link) will be available from Friday 21st July. The deadline for the questionnaire is 5pm on Friday 18th August.

Your comments will help shape the future of this exciting project and we look forward to receiving your views.

Last Committee Report

12 June 2017 (see link)

17 July 2017 (see link)

Next Steps
  • The next phase of the project is to develop concept designs with the facility mix agreed by Cabinet and Council, proposed at Bar End in Winchester.
  • Alongside the development of concept designs a formal business case will be prepared that assesses the crucial issue of funding alongside elements such as land ownership, transport and commissioning building designs.

Further Information

Main project page