14 May 2018
Spelthorne Leisure Centre – to be replaced with “Flagship Leisure Development”
Spelthorne Leisure Centre is going to be replaced with a new “flagship leisure centre”. Both Club Chairman Chris Gadd and Head Coach Chris White have been to a design and consultancy meeting helping the council and architect, forwarding the clubs requirements.
The current facility will remain open till the new centre is constructed. The centre will have all the facilities it current has pools, gym sports halls etc. The design meeting went extremely well and the architect is using Swim England criteria for a regional standard pool which will be an 8 lane 25m competition pool with diving blocks, electronic timing, seating for 250 poolside and separator seating for 250. The club have put in a request for an office above pool deck and poolside space for pre and post pool work outs.
There will also be a 10mx20m learner pool with movable floor lowering to 1.8m allowing for public swimming to take place whist the club can use the main pool. It’s an exciting development for the club, plans will be submitted by the end of the year and construction will take place as soon as possible after this.
The council have released the following information;
Spelthorne Leisure Centre will be replaced after the borough council identified a site for a new centre in Staines.
The facility would replace Spelthorne Leisure Centre as the borough's "flagship" leisure facility. The council says the current centre would remain open to the public until the any new facility is completed.
Recent condition surveys had suggested that the leisure centre would need considerable investment if it is to extend its shelf life beyond 2021. Now the council wants to construct a new facility and intends to submit a planning application by the end of the year.
The council has identified a site within Staines Park where the leisure centre could be built and has commissioned a feasibility study for the site. It intends to open a consultation on the plans later in the year.
Spelthorne Leisure Centre was initially opened as a swimming pool in the 1960s, before being expanded in the 1980s to become a leisure centre.
The centre is well-used. It had more than 579,000 visitors in 2017, has 3,100 fitness members and 1,900 children are registered on the centre's 'learn to swim' scheme.
It is used by 10 schools for swimming lessons and other events such as athletics, football and swimming galas.
Despite this, the council is looking to move away from the site in Knowle Green as surveys have shown the centre would need significant investment to remain open beyond 2021.
Sunbury Leisure Centre will not be affected by this and remain open as usual for the foreseeable future.
The council says the new facility will offer a "fresh modern design and meet the high expectations of residents well into the future".
It has identified a site within Staines Park where the new centre could be built and is discussing the plans with Staines Bowling Club and Spelthorne Museum, which lease parts of the site from the council.
The borough council owns the site, which is not part of the green belt, is easily accessible to residents and is large enough to accommodate a new facility.
Residents will be given a chance to view and comment on proposals at drop-in sessions or online, later in the year.
"It is good to see some of the fruits of our investment strategy enabling us to deliver this kind of facility for Spelthorne.
"More than half a million visits were made to the leisure centre last year and I am confident that, once completed, many more people will enjoy this great new leisure centre.
"The timelines are still being worked on but we would like to submit a planning application toward the end of the year and start the build as soon as possible."
Staines Swimming Club