Willmott Dixon selected for sport and leisure project in UK

WCN Editorial Team 20 Sep 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has been chosen by Winchester City Council to build a £38m Sport and Leisure Centre at Bar End in Winchester, UK.

In the past five years, the company has delivered leisure facilities worth more than £250m across the UK. It will construct the Sport and Leisure Centre to replace the River Park Leisure Centre which is more than 40 years old.

However, the appointment is subject to the project receiving planning permission.

The facility will include a 50m swimming pool, a teaching pool with movable floor, an eight-court sport hall, four squash courts, 200 gym stations, two large studios and one spin studio, as well as a hydrotherapy suite and eight treatment rooms.

Portfolio holder for health and wellbeing and cabinet member for Winchester Sport and Leisure Park Councillor Lisa Griffiths said: “This announcement shows real progress is being made to deliver the new sport and leisure centre. In practical terms, it means Willmott Dixon and the architects can now shape the design and share their considerable experience of delivering these types of facilities.

“Appointing early allows us to hit the ground running once planning consent is granted and work can get started. The council has selected this contractor to ensure we can deliver the project on time and to budget when we have the planning green light.”

Willmott Dixon’s plan includes a commitment to develop apprenticeships for local people to earn and learn.

In the leisure sector, the company has recently completed the Sapphire Ice Rink and Swimming Pool in Romford and Elmbridge’s Xcel Sports Hub, along with current projects, including Littlehampton’s new Wave Leisure Centre, due to complete in January 2019, and New Addington Leisure Centre in Croydon.

Willmott Dixon south managing director Richard Poulter said: “This new facility will create an inspiring and inclusive physical environment, serving all residents. We are proud to be part of the team delivering a scheme that will have a long standing and lasting legacy on those who use it and the environment it sits within.”

The company is working with architects Stride Treglown on the project. Subject to planning consent, construction will commence in 2019 with completion in 2021.

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Image: A rendering of Winchester Sport & Leisure Centre. Photo: Courtesy of Willmott Dixon.

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