Willmott Dixon has been selected by Spelthorne Borough Council in the UK to construct an energy-efficient Passivhaus leisure centre.

Once built, this will be the first wet and dry leisure centre to secure the Passivhaus standard in Greater London.

It will be designed to consume up to 70% less energy as against the standard new building, optimise natural daylight and integrate photovoltaic panels to produce energy from renewable sources.

Once complete, the centre will feature an eight lane 25m main pool, learner pool, splash pad and spa.

Furthermore, sports facilities will feature a six-court sports hall, three squash courts, 950m2 of fitness space, two studios, one spin studio and a multi-use room that combines to create two badminton courts.

It will also feature an open plan café and reception space, besides a roof terrace overlooking four small-sided 3G football pitches.

 The project will make use of Willmott Dixon’s Passivhaus expertise that has seen the firm deliver the UK’s first Passivhaus ‘Plus’ primary school, Hackbridge Primary School, and the UK’s largest Passivhaus secondary school, Harris Academy, in Sutton.

In 2015, it also finished the George Davies Centre for University of Leicester, which is another Passivhaus building.

Spelthorne Borough Council’s Community Wellbeing Committee chair and councillor Sandra Dunn, said: “I am very excited that this important project has been given approval to proceed to the next stage. Feedback from residents has heavily influenced the location, design and facilities and we have worked hard to ensure the new building meets the Gold standard for environmental credentials.”

“This is going to be a fantastic hub for all the community, offering a great range of sports facilities and activities for everyone to enjoy. I am sure it will make a huge difference in encouraging residents to maintain healthy lifestyles. I look forward to seeing the plans take shape.”

Willmott Dixon director for the London & South region Ian Edwards said: “We are delighted to be working with Spelthorne Borough Council, supporting their plans to create a fully inclusive community destination. This provides an exciting opportunity to put our expert knowledge in Passivhaus methodology into action again, to deliver a building that once complete will deliver substantial year-on-year cost savings, while creating a first-class sporting facility to support the health and wellbeing of the community.”


Image: Once built, this will be the first wet and dry leisure centre to secure the Passivhaus standard in Greater London. Credit: Willmott Dixon