BAM Construction built a new leisure centre which includes swimming pools, sports hall, squash courts and a gym. It provides facilities to Dover, Deal, Sandwich and the surrounding rural communities.
Dover District Council recognised that its existing leisure centre needed significant investment in order to bring it up to modern day standards. 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 building represents a major investment in the health and well-being of the district that is fit for the 21st century that sets new standards in facilities, access, and sustainability.
The new leisure centre is accessible to all, providing easy access to the swimming pools, and wheelchair accessible gym and changing facilities.
Along with an 25m x 17m eight-lane county-standard competition pool and spectator seating for 250 people. A 15m x 8.5m learner pool features a moveable floor which allows the water depth to be varied depending on the swimming ability of the particular user group, which allows for greater flexibility of programming. There is a four-court sports hall, one of the largest fitness suites in East Kent with over 120 pieces of equipment, three multi-activity studios, spin studio, two glass backed squash courts with spectator seating, sauna and steam room.
It is the first swimming pool in Kent to feature poolpod platform lifts fitted in both pools, which allow people to enter the pool via a submersible and mobile pool platform. There are accessible changing facilities for pool users, including a full Changing Places facility with hoist, along with wheelchair accessible showers, toilets and lockers.
In addition, is a double height reception space, which is overlooked by the fitness suite, a café with views into key spaces and a double-storey height clip ‘n climb facility. Externally there are two outdoor floodlit five-a-side 3G pitches, and 250 parking spaces.
The Dover leisure project team (led by Dover District Council) developed into a strong and organised group working towards the common goal – the opening of the leisure centre – on time, to budget and the right quality.