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River Park Leisure Centre Site

River Park Leisure Centre Site: University of Southampton proposal

On Monday 1 November 2021, we held a Public Briefing to inform local people of a proposal from Russell Group member, The University of Southampton related to an extension of their existing Winchester School of Art campus on the site of the decommissioned River Park Leisure Centre.

The university outlined its ambition for a state-of-the-art, sustainable campus which could benefit the city’s economy and offer opportunities to develop skills for young people, whilst retaining the existing green space and outdoor public leisure facilities surrounding the site.

You can view the presentation as delivered by University of Southampton, below. 

Our Cabinet will consider a conditional sale of the River Park site to the university on Tuesday 23 November. To find more about how to attend this meeting click here.

If the conditional sale is approved, it would allow up to five years for the university to consult with local people and develop its proposals with a view to bringing forward a planning application.

If you have any questions please email



River Park Leisure Centre Site details

Cabinet Member

Cllr Kelsie Learney

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Presentation to WCC Public Forum - 1 November 2021
PDF, 1.3MB

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