News

We’ll post all of our latest news as well as dates for future webinars and consultation events here.

Your feedback

January 2022

Thank you to everyone who took part in our third phase of engagement on plans for a new community leisure facility in Kingston.

We are really grateful for all of the feedback and insightful comments received, with over 1,500 people taking part in our latest survey. We were pleased to see that the majority of people felt positively about the plans with 78% agreeing that the new leisure facility will have a good range of sports facilities.

Other key findings from our survey showed that:

  • Around 75% of respondents believed that the proposals would accomplish the goal of making the centre accessible for all
  • 87% thought the plans were an improvement on the existing layout
  • 75% believed that the team had achieved its goal of putting sustainability at the heart of the designs

Our team is now reviewing all of the responses received to help finalise the designs ahead of submitting a planning application. The application will set out detailed information about the plans and be publicly available to view on the Council’s planning portal once validated. We will continue to update this website with all the latest news and information so please do check back regularly.

Council leader encourages residents to help shape Kingston’s new leisure centre.

November 2021

Leader of Kingston Council Andreas Kirsch is urging people across the borough to have their say on early proposals for Kingston’s new community leisure facility and civic space.

Councillor Kirsch said:

“This week we are launching the final round of engagement on early proposals for Kingston’s stunning new leisure centre and public space, right in the heart of our historic town centre. 

“I’m really excited about the initial plans, developed based on feedback from people all over the borough. It will be a leisure centre and community space that brings people together, truly a facility for all. It is the centrepiece of Kingston’s heritage led regeneration programme – a leisure centre fit for the future that is even better and more accessible than what we have now.

“From two fantastic swimming pools, a toddler splash deck and outdoor playground, to the clip and climb wall and flexible multi court sports hall, it will be packed full of spaces and facilities for everyone to enjoy.

“Accessibility is something very dear to my heart, and I am really pleased to say it is also something our award winning architects FaulknerBrowns value and prioritise. They have a track record of delivering exceptional leisure centres. The spaces they are designing, with your input, do not merely pay lip service to the needs and requirements of people with disabilities and accessibility issues, they are a fundamental consideration throughout. 

“The new leisure centre will be built to the highest and most advanced environmental standards, to be truly sustainable for years to come and support our response to the climate emergency. It will also enrich and enhance connectivity with Kingston’s museum and library.

“As the final phase of our early engagement begins, we really want to hear from as many people as possible, from all our diverse communities. We will be holding drop in events across the borough during November and people can also share their thoughts in our survey, open from 15 November until 31 December. 

“This is your leisure centre, it is your Kingston, and we want to know what is most important to you. I want as many people as possible to have their voices heard and influence the final designs, so we get it right – for everyone.”

Have your say on our updated proposals for Kingston’s new community leisure facility.

November 2021

During the last community engagement in July, we saw almost 1,200 people respond to the public survey and nearly 200 attend three in-person events. Thank you again to everyone who took part, we have spent these past few months considering all your important feedback and developing our plans to further refine our proposals for the Kingfisher site – including work to make sure the new facility is fun and family friendly, meets the highest possible sustainability standards, and is accessible for all.

Now, we are launching another phase of engagement to share these updated designs with the community and hear feedback before we finalise the proposals and submit a planning application early next year. You can see the updated designs here and download a copy of our community newsletter here.

As part of this phase of engagement, we will be holding a series of public exhibition events in Tolworth and Kingston Town centre, as well as two public webinars, where you can see the latest plans, meet the team and ask any questions. You can see more details of the events and how to attend, here.

We look forward to engaging with you again and welcome your feedback through the latest digital survey.

Hackney visit.

October 2021

We’re so excited by early designs for our new leisure centre for all, right here in Kingston!

Leader of the council, councillor Caroline Kerr, visited Hackney’s wonderful Britannia Leisure Centre to get a taste of what’s in store for us. The centre was created by FaulknerBrowns, the architects designing our new centre.

A sneak peak at our exciting latest designs, shaped by you.

October 2021

Since the close of the latest round of engagement, we have been busy reviewing all the feedback we have received and are working hard on developing our designs.

We will be showcasing our evolved proposals in our upcoming round of engagement in November. We will publicise these events extensively again but do also keep checking this page for updates and any future events.

In the meantime, we are delighted to share some initial images here which show what the new leisure centre may look like – including fantastic family-friendly facilities like a splash pool, interactive climbing wall and a teaching pool where features such as an inflatable floating island and water play sessions will be available.

Your feedback

September 2021

Thank you again to all of you who took part in our second phase of engagement for Transform Kingston which ran for five weeks from 5 July to 1 August 2021.

We are really grateful for all the feedback and insightful comments. The feedback we received was largely positive with 96% of respondents said the new leisure centre was somewhere they would consider visiting – which we are really pleased to hear. Around 80% of people also believed that the proposals had the right mix of facilities and that outdoor spaces would be improved.

We also received some very useful suggestions that have been passed on to our design team to explore whether they can be incorporated into the proposals.

Our next round of engagement is planned for November 2021. During this new engagement, we will present our updated plans, answer your questions and provide solutions to some of the issues raised over the last few months. In the meantime, you can see answers to questions at our updated FAQs page.

We will publicise these events extensively again but do also keep checking this page for updates and the details of any future events.
Download our full Phase 2 engagement report here.

Phase 2 engagement closes

August 2021

Thank you for participating in our recent engagement around these plans, which ran from Monday 5 July to Sunday 1 August 2021. We heard from thousands of you, gathering helpful feedback and ideas about the new leisure facility and the Cattle Market site.

During this engagement, we:
● Received nearly 1,200 online surveys
● Spoke to almost 200 people at our in-person events
● Had over 50 attendees at our webinars
● Corresponded with over 70 people via email or phone

We are grateful to everyone who got involved and gave their views. Your comments will help us to develop more detailed designs which we will share with you for your feedback later this year, before aiming to submit a planning application for the Kingfisher site to the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

We will also be considering your feedback on the Cattle Market car park, developing early designs and will bring these forward for your comments in the coming months. There will be further opportunities to engage with these proposals and provide your feedback before a separate planning application is submitted for this site next year.