Leisure Centre Development
Client: North Norfolk District Council
Location: Sheringham, Norfolk
Status: Complete

The Reef, Sheringham

Saunders Boston Architects has been working with FMG and North Norfolk District Council to develop schemes for a new Leisure Centre at Sheringham.

Designed by SBA, North Norfolk District Council's flagship new scheme includes; community swimming, a splash pad, fitness, studios, community and café spaces and is operated by 'EveryoneActive'. 

The Reef offers a diverse mix of facilities, including a main pool, learner pool with adjustable depth floor, splash pad, 60-station fitness suite, dance and activities studio, group cycling studio and café.

The 25m main pool is built to Sport England’s high standards and supports a range of aquatic activities from competitive swimming events to inflatable play sessions for children, which are due to be added in the near future.

The moving floor on the 13m learner pool allows the water depth to be changed for different activities and user groups such as swimming lessons, water confidence and toddler sessions and aqua fit exercise classes.

The main pool is accessible via shallow steps with an assisting handrail and a Poolpod for pool users who require a wheelchair. The Poolpod is supported by a wheelchair storage zone near the Changing Places facility and a dedicated pool-side wheelchair for disabled users to transfer to, which is compatible with the Poolpod.

Alongside the use of conventional heating methods, water at The Reef is heated through solar thermal energy, meaning energy from the sun directly heats the water and reduce the reliance on gas.

For gym-users, the upper floor offers a variety of activities.

The Reef has a 60-station health and fitness suite, including a range of exercise machines and free weights.

The dance and activities studio, which covers an impressive 200sqm, offers opportunity for group exercise classes and studio sessions.

In the group cycling studio, the 23 stations allow a number of classes, varying in intensity and distance, with virtual due to be added shortly.

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The Scheme

  • 25m 6 Lane Main Pool
  • Learner Pool with moving floor
  • Splash pad / Confidence water
  • Village / Group Changing
  • Fitness Suite (50 Stn)
  • Studio / Spinning
  • Cafe