Project Information


  • Approval of outline business case - January 2018

  • Building contractor selected - Summer 2018

  • Start procurement process for Leisure Centre operator - Summer 2018

  • Prepare and seek planning permission, with accompanying public exhibition - Summer 2018

  • Planning application decision  - October 2018

  • Approval of full business case - Early 2019

  • Work started on site - March 2019

  • Completion - 2021

Engagement and Consultation

To help us understand our community’s needs, aspirations and concerns, we held four detailed phases of engagement with residents, interest groups, sports clubs, community groups and experts before planning for the Centre was submitted.

We have also:

  • received input and feasibility studies on location, sports provision, ecology, landscape, transport & flooding
  • held 16 separate events in six locations
  • noted more than 750 conversations
  • received more than 1,000 survey response
  • engaged with River Park Leisure Centre users
  • engaged with Sports Clubs and National Governing Bodies

Winchester Sport & Leisure Park Open Forum

Open Forums are designed to give residents and others the opportunity to become more involved with the work of the council.  The forums enable discussions between residents and councilors, as well as other interested parties, to promote a two-way dialogue about the council’s developments including the Winchester Sport & Leisure Park. 

A series of forums have now been held for the Sport & Leisure Park and actions from each one have been noted and progressed as per the document here (pdf, 20kb).  Those highlighted in green have now been closed out.


Reports and Studies



We have employed experienced consultants to help us deliver this project.

  • LA Architects

    Role: Architect and Lead Consultant

    LA Architects is the design and technical lead for the Sport and Leisure Centre and are responsible for the design from inception through to completion. As the specialist architects they lead the design team to deliver the project to the highest quality and standards - not just for construction but for sports and leisure performance.

    LA is recognised as one of the top sports and leisure specialist architects in the country, having designed and worked on over 35 sports and leisure centres including two 50m pools.


  • Mace

    Role: Project Management & Cost Consultant

    Mace is an ternational consultancy and construction company and provides project management and cost consultancy services to enable the Council to deliver the Sport and Leisure Park project. They have been involved in the project since 2014 when initial feasibility works were completed to determine the location of the Park at Bar End. Since then we have successfully delivered feasibility, concept and detailed design stages.

  • BDP

    Role: Landscape architect

    BDP is involved in developing the public realm and landscape proposals at Winchester Sport and Leisure Park, which celebrates the site’s assets, rich natural character whilst nurturing its existing identity. The proposals ensure there is an inclusive and seamless approach to designing and shaping the landscape around the proposed leisure centre building, to create a series of legible, enjoyable and interconnecting routes and spaces which are accessible for all.

  • Arup

    Role: Civil, structural, geotechnical, highway and fire engineering consultants

    Arup provide the project's civil, structural, geotechnical, highway and fire engineering service as well as BREEAM assessment and accreditation.  Their multi-disciplinary team based at their Winchester office is leading this project.  

    Arup is an independent firm of engineers and consultants who employ over 13,000 people in more than 35 countries. Their engineers and designers have been behind some of the world’s most ambitious structures.

  • The Sports Consultancy

    Role: Sport and leisure consultant

    The Sports Consultancy's role is to manage the procurement process to select an operator for the new sport and leisure centre and to deliver the final business case for Winchester Sport and Leisure Park.  

    They advise on a broad range of clients within sport, including national governing bodies, international federations, rights holders, sponsors and local, regional and national authorities. The Major Events and Venues team – which is involved in this project – has significant experience in assessing the feasibility of, developing business cases for and delivering new sports facilities.

  • Stride Treglown

    Stride Treglown have two roles in this project - architectural lead and town planners.

    Role: Architect

    As architectural lead, Stride Treglown has appointed LA architects, as their subcontractor, for the design of the Sports Centre. Stride Treglown provide the contractual framework and business information modelling expertise throughout the design development for the new Winchester Sport and Leisure Park. They also developed the draft Design Framework, capturing the aspirations for Winchester’s new Sport and Leisure Park in its wider context.   

    Role: Town planners

    Stride Treglown has advised the City Council in relation to policy considerations and validation requirements pertinent to the emerging application. They developed a public consultation and engagement strategy and attended numerous public events between June 2017 and January 2018. Their analysis of the responses has helped inform the emerging design and the future management of the site. 

  • Willmott Dixon

    Willmott Dixon is proud to be part of the team that will deliver the new Winchester Leisure and Sports Park project.  The new facility will provide the local community with an inspiring space within which to enjoy their social and fitness time.  We look forward to working with the team over the coming months to further develop the project ready for commencing on site in Spring 2019.