We are looking to comprehensively redevelop the Kingfisher site and create a new identifiable destination that provides an inspiring and welcoming setting for people to come together.
A brand new community leisure facility for Kingston
We are now designing the mix of uses based on your feedback in our recent engagement, which took place in March and April this year. Based on your feedback, we already know that the new leisure building will have a swimming and teaching pool, as well as a range of other fitness and leisure facilities.
We want this to be a destination for all ages, and based on your feedback, we are proposing to include activities for children such as soft play, a teaching pool, and a new outdoor play area. We are also exploring the potential for leisure and community uses on the roof space, such as rooftop sports pitches.
As well as your feedback, our design team has been guided by the following principles
- Promote participation in sport and an active lifestyle
- An outward looking building that connects with its surroundings
- A stronger relationship to Kingston town centre
- Respect the local architecture, particularly the neighbouring museum and library
Facilities for all ages
The new community leisure centre will not just be about competitive sports and exercise. We are also looking at including a range of fun activities for children, making this a destination for all the family.
These facilities will include:
- A clip and climb
- A ‘splash deck’ area for children to play in the pool
- Soft play
- Teaching pool suitable for children’s swimming lessons and leisure swimming
Images showing what the clip and climb and toddler pools could look like.
Creating a cultural destination
Our proposals include new outdoor space which also better celebrate the neighbouring Kingston Museum and Library, creating a new destination for leisure, well-being, learning and culture. This will help to diversify our local economy beyond retail and ignite a vibrant leisure and cultural scene.
We are currently exploring ways to achieve a better connection between the new building and the Kingston Museum and Library. This could be achieved in a number of ways – for example through shared public space, connecting building or a covered connecting entrance.
Option 1 – open public realm
Option 2 – open link
Option 3 – enclosed link
New green spaces
As well as new indoor facilities, the proposed new public spaces will provide an opportunity for a range of different outdoor activities. This will include spaces for outdoor sports, walking or play.
We want these to be exemplar public spaces. We will strive to lead by example and set a strong precedent for all future development in Kingston.
Image showing how existing greens spaces will better connect with new public spaces, and how these may be used.
Accessible for all
We know that the original Kingfisher Leisure Centre was not very accessible for all our residents, particularly those with mobility issues. We are committed to ensuring our new community facility will reach much higher accessibility standards and be a welcoming space for all our residents.
To ensure everyone is able to enjoy the new facilities, our early proposals include:
- Hoists in pool
- Floating pool floor
- Step free access
Genuinely sustainable development
The current Kingfisher building is not sustainable and performed poorly in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency. This was a key driver in our wish to redevelop it. Our new proposals will significantly improve the environmental performance and we are exploring ways to make this a genuinely sustainable development, fit for the future.
The new community leisure focussed building for the Borough will be exemplar in design and at the cutting edge in terms of sustainability.
To achieve this, the building will:
Targeting BREEAM Excellent’ by incorporating:
- Solar panels
- Natural ventilation to sports hall
- Mixed-mode ventilation strategy in gym –using a combination of natural ventilation and mechanical systems
- High performance building envelope which minimizes the transfer of thermal energy, creating an energy-efficient building.
- Opportunities for natural light to reduce need for artificial lighting
- The separation of pool hall (warm) and gymnasium (cool)
Encourage biodiversity through:
- Biodiverse roof areas and rainwater harvesting
Encourage green transport through:
- Provision of better pedestrian and cycle routes
- Secure cycle parking
Cattle Market Car Park
Given its location right next to the proposed new community and leisure facility, we need to consider how this site interacts with the new public space and leisure facility.
This site presents an opportunity to deliver much-needed new town centre homes, particularly affordable homes, potentially alongside a mix of other uses.
We want to hear from you about what kinds of homes or other uses you would like to see here. We will consider the feedback you give us and share our early plans for the site later this year.
We are currently considering options for transforming the Monday Market, which currently takes place at the Cattle Market, into an open-air street market in a nearby location. We will be engaging with market traders and the wider community about the future of the Monday Market.
Indicative location for potential new development on Cattle Market car park site