Client: London Borough of Havering / Willmott Dixon
Location: Romford
Status: Complete

Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre

A £30m New build facility in Romford for the London Borough of Havering. The scheme included; a regional short course swimming pool, learner pool (with moving floor), fitness suite and national ice rink.

Saunders Boston was appointed by the local authority through D&B main contractor Willmott Dixon as the lead consultant to complete the design for this statement architectural project.

The new centre replaces the former ice rink and delivers the Council’s long-term commitment to providing a swimming pool in the heart of Romford. Built on the site of the former public car park in easy reach of Romford town centre, the new facilities are easily accessible by the community.

The scheme which forms part of a wider land swap deal with a national supermarket will replace the existing Romford Ice Rink with a new state-of-the-art rink alongside an 8-lane regional short course swimming pool, learner pool and fitness suite.

The striking architectural design clads an economic building envelope with translucent polycarbonate panels. These will allow natural light into the building during the day whilst projecting artificial lighting back through the envelope at night.

Project Scope:

  • 25m 8 Lane Swimming Pool with Moving floor
  • Learner Pool
  • 100 stn Fitness Suite
  • Multi-purpose Studios
  • Full-size Ice Hockey Rink
  • Sauna & Steam Room
Open gallery

“When Saunders Boston joined the team, they brought with them a fresh approach, working collaboratively with the design partners including the local authority, contractor and sub-contractors and our key funding partner Sport England”.

Mark Butler, London Borough of Havering