Winchester Sport and Leisure Park

Sport and Leisure Park slider

River Park Leisure Centre is now more than 40 years old and its capacity to meet the needs of a growing population in Winchester is limited. We have looked at various options for replacing or refurbishing it and has commissioned work from external consultants to test the various options.

In September 2015, having looked at the cost and practicality of these various options, the Council agreed that the preferred option, if it is affordable and deliverable, would be a new leisure centre built at Bar End.

We purchased the Garrison Ground at Bar End in December 2016. This will secure the future of the Garrison Ground for community sport and leisure use and means that part of the site can be evaluated as an option for the location of the city's new sport and leisure centre.

The current estimates from consultants indicate that a new leisure centre at Bar End would cost in the region of £37 million. It would take approximately three years to design and build.

You can get up to date with all of the latest news by reading our project update broadsheet (pdf, 1001kb). However, if you would like further information then please email your enquiry to leisurecentreproject@winchester.gov.uk

Winchester Sport and Leisure Park details

Portfolio Holder

Cllr Lisa Griffiths and Cllr Guy Ashton

Start Date

01/05/2013

Key Steps/Milestones

Status

  • Options appraisal - 2013 to 2015
  • Feasibility assessment of preferred option - 2016
  • Prepare outline business case for preferred option - 2016/17
  • Period of public engagement Summer 2017 – Spring 2018
  • Approval of outline business case - 2017
  • Prepare and seek planning permission - 2017/18
  • Start on site - 2019
  • Completion - 2021

 

Latest Status

The next Cabinet (Leisure Centre) Committee will be held on Wednesday 16 January 2018 at Winchester Guildhall.   The papers to be discussed at Cabinet can be found at the following link: http://www.winchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/5026

Working with architects, the Council have now developed an overall vision for the Sport and Leisure Park at Bar End, along with concept designs for the new Leisure Centre.  Engagement events have been held throughout December 2017 and will continue into January 2018 - details can be found via the 'Consultation' link above.

The Council purchased the Garrison Ground in December 2016.

The Council agreed in November 2016 to purchase the Garrison Ground at Bar End. This will secure the future of the Garrison Ground for community sports and leisure use and means that part of the site can be evaluated as an option for the location of the city's new sports and leisure centre.

Cabinet and Council decided on the facility mix for the new leisure centre project in July 2016.

 

Consultation

The next phase of engagement will be on the concept design, during Autumn 2017 - Spring 2018.

Last Committee Report

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee 9 October 2017 

The Cabinet (Leisure Centre) Committee Sport and Leisure Park Update Report 17 July 2017 (pdf, 63kb)

The Cabinet (Leisure Centre) Committee Sport and Leisure ParkUpdate Report 12 June 2017 (pdf, 51kb)

Next Steps

A formal business case will be prepared that assesses the crucial issue of funding alongside elements such as land ownership, transport and commissioning building designs.