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  • £37M


  • 2021


  • 95


New sport and leisure facility for Winchester


  • Replaces 40 year old facility
  • Flexible use built in
  • Focus on providing apprenticeships for local people
  • Hydrotherapy suite to serve wider community

Our leisure specialists have delivered a new sports and leisure centre for Winchester City Council, providing a state of the art facility to replace the previous River Park Leisure Centre, which is more than 40 years old.

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The new facility comprises of a 50m eight-lane swimming pool, 20m teaching pool including a water confidence area, multi-use sports hall and climbing facility. It also encompasses four squash courts with a movable wall to enable flexible use, treatment rooms, a fitness suite (200 workout stations), two large studios, one spin studio and a café. Importantly the leisure park will also have a hydrotherapy suite to serve people in the local and wider community with disabilities.

Richard Poulter, managing director of our central south office, commented:

“We are delighted to have delivered thus fantastic new facility for the local community. Having constructed many leading sports and leisure facilities, we know the huge positive impact these centres have on the local community they serve.”

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A wealth of local social value initiatives were embedding into the project, including developing apprenticeships for local people to earn and learn.

The project extends Willmott Dixon's extensive pedigree in the leisure sector, which includes building the Sapphire Ice Rink and Swimming Pool in Romford and Elmbridge’s Xcel Sports Hub, along with current projects including Littlehampton’s Wave Leisure Centre, and New Addington Leisure Centre in Croydon.

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