Dover Leisure Centre

Whitfield, Kent

Project Details

Client
Dover District Council

Project Manager
Hadron Consulting

Architect
GT3 Architects

Contractor
BAM

Value
£20 million

Contract Period
69 weeks est.

Procurement Type
2-stage open book

Form of Contract
Design and Build

Apprentices
5

Fit for the future, the new Dover Leisure Centre will contain a much wider range of state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities:

  • A competition standard eight-lane swimming pool with spectator seating for 250 people
  • Learner pool with moveable floor
  • Four court sports hall
  • Squash courts
  • Multi-function room
  • Fitness gym with 120 stations
  • Fitness studios
  • Clip ‘n’ climb wall
  • Café
  • Two outdoor 3G artificial pitches for five-a-side football

A minimum of 250 parking spaces The new leisure centre has been designed to meet the latest Sport England facilities requirements, including access for people with a wide range of disabilities.

The swimming pool will be fully accessible with pool pods for wheelchair users. Construction will start on the 2.1ha site in Whitfield later this month with a planned opening early in 2019.

This exciting new leisure project is to replace the current 40-year old Dover Leisure Centre, which represents a major investment in the district’s sport and leisure facilities and is supported by Sport England with a National Lottery award of £1.5m from its Strategic Facilities Fund.

“Our work in this beautiful county is extensive, as is our knowledge of the local supply chain and the community. We’ll bring our customary skills, expertise and collaborative attitude to this important and landmark”

Daniel Brenchley,
Project Manager for BAM Construction

Delivery time-frame

March 2017: Land acquired at Whitfield

August 2017: Planning consent granted

October 2017: Ground breaking – start of construction

October 2017: Places for People awarded contract to operate new leisure centre

November 2018: Construction complete

Early 2019: Centre opens

ContractGateway 3 Contract FormationGateway 4 Final AccountVariation
Cost£20m£20m0
Time68.5 weeks69 weeks0.6