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press release: Alliance Leisure

Alliance Leisure appointed to new leisure centre project for Kingston upon Thames

24 Jan 2024
The new design will replace former plans for a leisure complex in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames / Alliance Leisure / Roberts Limbrick
Alliance Leisure has been appointed to work on the concept design for a new leisure centre for The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in south-west London.

Appointed via the UK Leisure Framework, which is owned and managed by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd (DLL), Alliance Leisure will help shape the new two storey venue, which has sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity at its heart.

The design team, which includes architects Roberts Limbrick, are currently working with community stakeholders, potential future users and the council to ensure the new design meets their needs. Public update sessions will take place this month, with engagement on the proposed designs scheduled for the spring.

The new design will replace former plans for a leisure complex as the council made the decision not to proceed with the approved application when the unprecedented national financial picture led to costs rising to almost double the agreed budget.

Located in Kingston town centre on the site of the old Kingfisher Leisure Centre which closed in 2019, outline plans for the new facility include two swimming pools with moveable floors. The 25m, eight lane pool will offer spectator seating for 150 people, while the smaller pool measuring 20m x 10m will feature lights, water fountains and accessible steps for fun splash sessions. A pool pod, hoist and easy going access steps will be available in both pools for comfortable access for those with additional needs.

Following extensive consultation and a strategic review of indoor sports needs across the borough, other facilities will include a 150-station gym, four-court sports hall, three multi-activity studios, a group cycling studio, two squash courts, a health suite with sauna and steam rooms, café and a soft play area. The centre will also offer a fully accessible Changing Places toilet facility.

Spaces around the site will be enhanced as part of the project, including upgrading the outdoor play area and improving green space.

The development aims to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and will incorporate Net Zero design principles and a host of technologies to reduce carbon emissions and operating costs. The building will be all electric, with power supported by solar panels and heat generated by air source heat pumps.

The project team includes architects Roberts Limbrick, Hadron Consulting, Design Active and Varsity QS.

"Kingston Council is committed to building a new swimming and leisure centre in Kingston town centre and we have been working at pace to bring forward revised proposals for the complex. We are pleased to have such an experienced project team, managed through Alliance Leisure and procured through the UK Leisure Framework, to ensure that the project can be delivered on time, include the range of activities that residents and stakeholders said they wanted to see, and within an affordable budget." – Chris Jones, Project Director at Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

"Having developed over 200 leisure projects, our role is to use this experience to lead a team of best-in-class experts to develop an outstanding new leisure facility for Kingston. We are looking forward to shaping a new, sustainable and inclusive leisure centre that meets the needs of the local community providing long lasting improvements in physical and mental health and wellbeing." – Tom Fairey, Development Director, Alliance Leisure

"Our specialist sport and leisure team, with a national reputation in this sector, are delighted to be playing their part in the design of a new accessible, inclusive and sustainable swimming and leisure centre for the residents of Kingston. The centre is being designed to provide a range of facilities and opportunities for users of all abilities to promote active lives. Two swimming pools, a sports hall, squash courts, fitness gym, studio spaces and health suite form the key sporting facilities that sit alongside a large café and double height soft play. It is exciting to see the designs developing into an efficient two-storey building that meets the needs of the local community on this important town centre site." – Chris Kent, Associate, Roberts Limbrick
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Tel: +44 (0)1458 877558
Address: 2340/2440 The Quadrant, Aztec West, Bristol, BS324AQ, United Kingdom
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press release: Alliance Leisure

Alliance Leisure appointed to new leisure centre project for Kingston upon Thames

24 Jan 2024
The new design will replace former plans for a leisure complex in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames / Alliance Leisure / Roberts Limbrick
Alliance Leisure has been appointed to work on the concept design for a new leisure centre for The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in south-west London.

Appointed via the UK Leisure Framework, which is owned and managed by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd (DLL), Alliance Leisure will help shape the new two storey venue, which has sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity at its heart.

The design team, which includes architects Roberts Limbrick, are currently working with community stakeholders, potential future users and the council to ensure the new design meets their needs. Public update sessions will take place this month, with engagement on the proposed designs scheduled for the spring.

The new design will replace former plans for a leisure complex as the council made the decision not to proceed with the approved application when the unprecedented national financial picture led to costs rising to almost double the agreed budget.

Located in Kingston town centre on the site of the old Kingfisher Leisure Centre which closed in 2019, outline plans for the new facility include two swimming pools with moveable floors. The 25m, eight lane pool will offer spectator seating for 150 people, while the smaller pool measuring 20m x 10m will feature lights, water fountains and accessible steps for fun splash sessions. A pool pod, hoist and easy going access steps will be available in both pools for comfortable access for those with additional needs.

Following extensive consultation and a strategic review of indoor sports needs across the borough, other facilities will include a 150-station gym, four-court sports hall, three multi-activity studios, a group cycling studio, two squash courts, a health suite with sauna and steam rooms, café and a soft play area. The centre will also offer a fully accessible Changing Places toilet facility.

Spaces around the site will be enhanced as part of the project, including upgrading the outdoor play area and improving green space.

The development aims to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and will incorporate Net Zero design principles and a host of technologies to reduce carbon emissions and operating costs. The building will be all electric, with power supported by solar panels and heat generated by air source heat pumps.

The project team includes architects Roberts Limbrick, Hadron Consulting, Design Active and Varsity QS.

"Kingston Council is committed to building a new swimming and leisure centre in Kingston town centre and we have been working at pace to bring forward revised proposals for the complex. We are pleased to have such an experienced project team, managed through Alliance Leisure and procured through the UK Leisure Framework, to ensure that the project can be delivered on time, include the range of activities that residents and stakeholders said they wanted to see, and within an affordable budget." – Chris Jones, Project Director at Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

"Having developed over 200 leisure projects, our role is to use this experience to lead a team of best-in-class experts to develop an outstanding new leisure facility for Kingston. We are looking forward to shaping a new, sustainable and inclusive leisure centre that meets the needs of the local community providing long lasting improvements in physical and mental health and wellbeing." – Tom Fairey, Development Director, Alliance Leisure

"Our specialist sport and leisure team, with a national reputation in this sector, are delighted to be playing their part in the design of a new accessible, inclusive and sustainable swimming and leisure centre for the residents of Kingston. The centre is being designed to provide a range of facilities and opportunities for users of all abilities to promote active lives. Two swimming pools, a sports hall, squash courts, fitness gym, studio spaces and health suite form the key sporting facilities that sit alongside a large café and double height soft play. It is exciting to see the designs developing into an efficient two-storey building that meets the needs of the local community on this important town centre site." – Chris Kent, Associate, Roberts Limbrick
More press releases and updates from Alliance Leisure:
On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, Councillors and Officers from Hyndburn Borough Council met with Alliance Leisure and members of the ISG construction team to celebrate the start of works on the new, state-of-the -art, leisure and sports complex on Wilson Playing Fields in Clayton-le- Moors.
Alliance Leisure has completed the refurbishment of two gym spaces at Sport Wales National Centre to enhance the workout experience at the home of Welsh sport, with more Sport Wales- funded projects underway, including the country’s first interactive squash court.
This month sees the public opening of the new build football hub within the grounds of Derby Racecourse, an event that puts a new marker in the sand for development partner, Alliance Leisure, as the company’s 250th completed project since its launch 25 years ago.
Alliance Leisure has made a raft of new appointments across the business to support its continued growth. The new appointments come as the leisure development specialist celebrates 25 years of transforming leisure provision across the UK.
Walsall Council has launched a dedicated BOX12 boxing-based boutique training facility within the footprint of an established leisure centre.
Alliance Leisure: news from HCMmag.com and FitTechGlobal.com
The UK’s most recently-formed local government body – North Yorkshire Council – is making wellbeing a fundamental priority, with the launch of a raft of new facilities backed by £47.9m (US$60.6m, €55.3m) of investment.
Alliance Leisure has been awarded funding of £13m to develop a new sports hub at Parsloes Park in Barking.
Construction work has begun on a £13m community sports hub in Barking, East London.
Denbighshire Leisure has recently launched its third generation dedicated Leisure Framework naming Alliance Leisure as its continuing lead development contractor.
To kick off the new year, Alliance Leisure has announced the appointment of industry heavy- weight, Jonny Curley, to drive leisure development across Scotland.
Alliance Leisure: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
Interview: Sarah Watts
As Alliance Leisure celebrates its 25th anniversary, its founder and CEO tells Kate Cracknell why Alliance will never build another leisure centre
HCM People: Jamie Groves
Denbighshire Leisure’s turnover has increased by 25 per cent since 2021, so the developments have paid for themselves and more
Health is a national asset that drives prosperity at an individual and collective level. Alliance Leisure CEO, Sarah Watts, explains how the organisation is supporting communities through the reimagining of public sector leisure
Show preview: Elevate 2023
As the industry in the UK gears up for this annual trade event, HCM gives the lowdown on what you can expect
Alliance Leisure
Tel: +44 (0)1458 877558
Address: 2340/2440 The Quadrant, Aztec West, Bristol, BS324AQ, United Kingdom
Sarah Watts, ceo
Key personnel
Sarah Watts, ceo
Paul Cluett, managing director
James Foley, commercial director
Tom Fairey, development director
Paul Woodford, strategic engagement director
John Leaver, marketing & frameworks director
Julia Goddard, senior business development manager
Jonny Curley, senior business development manager
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Plans for the next 12 months
Our company goal as we emerge from the pandemic is to stand side-by-side with partners and not just help the sector recover but truly thrive. We are constantly innovating and are currently exploring new activities, alongside best in class health, leisure and wellbeing solutions. We are committed to continuing to measure the social value created across our developments and use the National Themes Outcomes and Measures (TOMs) Framework.
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"Over the coming years, Denbighshire Leisure will continue to work with Alliance Leisure, breaking down investment barriers to ensure communities across the UK have access to the facilities they need to live more active, health and prosperous lives."
– Jamie Groves, managing director at Denbighshire Leisure
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