Listening exercise

In March and April this year, more than 2,500 people gave us feedback about what they would like to see in the new community leisure facility.

This feedback has been invaluable in shaping our early plans. You can see below some of the most popular suggestions we received and how we have worked with our design team to incorporate these into our plans.

We asked what you would like to see in a new community leisure destination.

You Said

Our Proposals

A new swimming pool suitable for leisure and competitive swimming

A 25m pool with eight lanes, suitable for leisure and competitive swimming

A pool for swimming lessons

A 20m x 10m teaching pool

A slide or activities for children in the pool

An area for children’s water play

Spectator seating for the pool

Seating for 150 spectators

Family-friendly activities for children

Facilities like a clip and climb and soft-play

Squash courts

Four squash courts

Basketball courts

A six-court sports hall will include provision for indoor basketball courts

Better outdoor and green spaces

High quality public spaces and a better connection to Fairfield Recreation Ground

Spaces for adult education

Flexible community space suitable for adult education

Spa facilities

Sauna and steam rooms

The new centre should be fully accessible

Fully accessible throughout

Sustainable building

Sustainable features and targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’

Some people also asked for other facilities such as a lido or ice-rink. Unfortunately, we were not able to make space for these features as the pool was the clear priority for residents and space is limited.