Work starts on Winchester’s new Sport & Leisure Centre


Willmott Dixon has started work on site for a new Sport & Leisure Centre for Winchester.

The centre will replace River Park Leisure Centre, which is coming to the end of its useful life. Facilities will include a 50m pool, separate training pool, hydrotherapy suite, a 200- station gym, two studios, a group cycling studio, squash courts, treatment rooms and an eight-court sports hall.

The project has been developed in partnership with Hampshire County Council, the University of Winchester and Hampshire charity The Pinder Trust, which has supported Winchester City Council in delivering the centre’s hydrotherapy suite. The hydrotherapy pool will be used by patients with long term health conditions on weekdays during the day. At other times it will be available for public use for physiotherapy, sports injuries, pain relief or general relaxation.

Energy usage is a key consideration and natural light and ventilation will be used where possible. It is anticipated energy usage per square metre per annum will be significantly better than the existing centre (by around 27 per cent).

Using Passive design and energy efficiency measures, the council aims to achieve a 16.8 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions beyond the Building Regulations, an EPC(A) rating, and a BREEAM rating of Excellent.

The centre is due to open in 2021.

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