Leisure Centre Development
Client: Vale of White Horse / F+G
Location: Wessex
Status: Planning

Wessex Leisure Centre

Working with F+G, Scape and The Vale of the White Horse, this new £15m leisure centre will include; a 6 lane 25m pool, learner pool, confidence water, fitness, studios, 4 court sports hall and full size ATP.

Saunders Boston was appointed by the local authority following a competitive tender process through F+G which sees us providing full architectural, lead consultant and interior design services. We are also sub-contracting further primary design services including structures, building services and pool filtration.

The new centre responds to a population growth need within the local area. Located on a green field site between Wantage and Grove the site will accommodate a full-size 3G artificial pitch alongside the Leisure Centre.

The prominent architectural design responds to the natural green field setting by subtly reducing the mass of the building adjacent to the tree-lined main road.

The design revolves around a feature-clad hub, which facilitates the café, pool viewing and climbing wall. Translucent polycarbonate panels allow natural light into the building during the day whilst projecting artificial lighting back through the envelope at night.

Public consultations were carried out in 2017, with planning submitted in 2018.

Project Scope:

  • 25m 6 Lane Swimming Pool
  • Learner Pool with Moving floor
  • 100 stn Fitness Suite
  • Multi-purpose Studios
  • 4 Court Sports Hall
  • Spinning Studio
  • Climbing