Leisure Centre Development
Client: Capita / Darwen Council
Location: Blackburn
Status: Complete

Darwen Leisure Centre, Blackburn

Darwen leisure Centre was developed in partnership with Capita, the current framework Architect for the Authority.

Saunders Boston led the process up to and including planning with support from Capita, and then Capita delivered the project with assistance from Saunders Boston. The whole project was delivered in a seamless manner with all the right experience around the table at all times

The project combines state of the art leisure facilities with the requirements of an adjacent ‘LIFT’ health centre and the wishes of the local community who wish to retain the character of the old baths.

The main swimming pool is an 8 lane 25m Regional Short Course Pool with a boom and floating floor running the length of the pool that was funded by Sport England. This arrangement maximises the shallow water potential of the pool for swimming lessons etc, whilst ensuring that lane swimming over 25m is always available.

The centre also boasts changing facilities that were designed to accommodate the diverse range of ethnic groups with the community and is fully DDA compliant.

Sam Allardyce then Manager of Blackburn FC opened the new centre

Project Scope:

  • 25m 8 Lane Short Course Pool
  • 4 Court Sports Hall 
  • Fitness Suite 
  • Multi-purpose Studios
  • Cafe