Client: London Borough of Barnet
Location: New Barnet
Status: On site

London Borough of Barnet have invested more than £30m on two new leisure centres. Together the facilities will offer; a 25m 8 lane pool, 2x25m 6 lane pools, 2x learner pools, sports hall, fitness and studio’s.

Saunders Boston Architects has been working alongside Capita and Graham Construction for the London Borough of Barnet to develop designs for two new centres in the borough. The borough wide strategy for leisure provision which included re-procurement of the leisure management contract looked to eliminate the Local Authorities operator subsidy.

The scheme at Copthall will replace the existing centre with three Pool Halls the largest will be a 25m 8 lane Regional Short Course Pool with provision for 200 spectators. A second 25m 6 lane pool will focus on maximising the boroughs high ‘learn to swim’ demands. A learner pool will provide introductory shallow water to the novice swimmer. A five Court Sports Hall will also be included to offer additional dry facilities alongside the 110 station fitness suite, multi-purpose studios and Health impact suite.

The scheme at New Barnet will replace the existing ‘Church Farm’ enclosed Lido on a new site. The facility will focus on Community use with a 25m 6 lane Community Pool and Learner pool. It will also incorporate a Public Library Space and a Café which will be open to the park for public use. Additional public Health Impact Assessment rooms have been incorporated into the design alongside a 75 station Fitness Suite and Studio space.   

Architecturally the new centres looks to respond to their natural ‘Park Setting’ through massing, materiality and landscape. Externally the scheme includes two tennis courts and a MUGA. The form of the pool hall reflects the open green space and will offer fantastic views over the outdoor spaces from the pool halls. A palate of ‘soft’ and ‘natural’ feeling materials complements the site in context with a contemporary grace.

Project Scope: 

  • 25m Regional Short Course Pool
  • 2 x 25m 6 Lane Community Pool
  • 2 x Learner Pools
  • 5 Court Sports Hall
  • Fitness Suite (110 & 75stn)
  • Multi-purpose Studios
  • Health Impact Assessment Suite
  • Public Library