Dover Leisure Centre Update

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New Leisure Centre


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Consultation Responses – July 2016 – Click Here to view


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We want local people to have access to modern leisure facilities to help them lead healthier lifestyles, realise their sporting ambitions, or simply have fun keeping fit!

We’re committed to delivering a new leisure centre to meet the needs of residents now and in the future and to support the growing population in the district.

We’ve set ourselves an ambitious goal to deliver the best leisure centre possible within an affordable budget.

Having recently completed a detailed indoor sports facility strategy and initial feasibility studies we are now presenting our preferred location, concept designs, and details of the facilities you can expect to see in the new leisure centre.

We want feedback from residents, sports clubs and organisations, and any other interested groups before we move on to more detailed planning and development of the project.

This is your opportunity to provide comments for consideration. Please review the plans and tell us what you think by completing our short questionnaire.

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Proposed Location

We’re proposing to build the new Dover Leisure Centre on a site in Whitfield. This will enable us to build a much bigger leisure centre with more facilities and improved car parking capacity.

The current Dover Leisure Centre site in Townwall Street is too small, as were the other sites in the town centre that were considered during a detailed site options appraisal.

Whitfield is accessible for residents of Dover and the wider district. There will be free parking for a minimum of 250 vehicles, and we will work with bus operators to develop improved public transport accessibility.

Site Plan
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Proposed Facilities

The new Dover Leisure Centre will contain a much wider range of state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities. The following table contains a list of the activity areas proposed in the new centre compared to those in the existing Dover Leisure Centre.

 Activity AreasCurrentCore OptionChange Compared to Current
Main pool6-Lane 25m pool8 lane x 25m poolIncrease
Spectator seating140 person capacity250 person capacityIncrease
Learner pool12.5m x 7.5m Learner pool15m x 8.5m with moveable floorIncrease
Sports hall8 courts4 courtsDecrease
Health and fitness37 stations120 stationsIncrease
Multi activity studio1 x studios2 x studiosIncrease
Multi purpose room (ground floor)None1 x room for meetings / parties / soft play / crèche etc.Increase
Spin studioNone1 x studioIncrease
Squash court3 x courts2 x courtsDecrease
Interactive climbingNoneIncludedIncrease
Small sauna and steam roomIncludedIncludedNo change
2 x five a side football pitches (outdoor 3G)NoneIncludedIncrease
CaféIncludedIncludedNo change
Parking spaces95 spaces250 minimumIncrease

Proposed Design

Proposed Design

The proposed floor plans for the new centre are shown below. These show the arrangement of facilities on the ground and first floors.

First Floor Plan
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Ground Floor Plan
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Proposed Timescales

  • September 2016: Council approval for plans and funding
  • March 2017: Planning application submitted
  • August 2017: Building contractor appointed
  • October 2017: Construction starts
  • November 2018: Construction complete
  • Early 2019: Centre opens

Continuity of Service

We will work with the centre management to minimise disruption to users. There will be full continuity of service from now until the new centre is opened. The existing centre will only be closed following the opening of the new centre.

Your Views

This is your opportunity to shape the proposals for future provision. We want to know what you think about the plans before we move on to the detailed planning stage.

Please complete our questionnaire »

Survey closes 24 July 2016

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