This week, planning permission was granted for a new Sport & Leisure Centre in Winchester.
Stride Treglown, appointed as Architect and BIM consultant, also acted as Planning Consultant with responsibility for coordination of the technical and design workstreams, as well as an extensive process of public and stakeholder engagement. Stride Treglown’s Place studio also led the development of a Design Framework which will guide the long term development of the wider Sports and Leisure Park.
The scheme provides a new, fully-accessible building set within park surroundings that will enable the district to engage in a wide range of indoor and outdoor sporting and leisure activities.
Within the centre, new facilities will include a 50m swimming pool along with a teaching pool and splash area for beginners. There will also be a multi-use sports hall, a climbing wall, various studios, squash courts as well as a hydrotherapy suite with a pool that can be used to treat people with a wide range of disabilities and injuries.
Sustainability is central to the project. Winchester City Council is aiming for an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating which very few leisure centres across the country have achieved. It will have a range of features including air source heat pumps, solar panels and a combined heat and power system.
On securing planning permission, Mike Harris (Senior Associate Town Planner), commented:
This project will ensure that the residents of Winchester and the surrounding district will benefit from high-quality facilities, improving their ability to follow a healthy and active lifestyle. For those wishing to take their activity to a competitive level, the facilities will support a wide range of existing sports clubs present in the city. Ultimately, this project will deliver a high-quality civic building befitting of the city.
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