Wates Construction has been appointed by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to build a brand new leisure centre.
The £32.8m Braywick Leisure Centre, which was procured via Major Works – UK, part of the Scape National Construction framework, will see the replacement of the forty-year-old Magnet Leisure Centre in Braywick Park. While the services offered will be improved and expanded, the new centres eco-friendly approach will see it use 70% less energy than the previous building.
The new facility will include a 10-lane swimming pool, larger training and splash pools, a 200-station gym, four squash courts, a larger sports hall, improved accessibility for disabled users and sports teams, and 500 car parking spaces, double the amount previously available.
The new centre was designed by architects Burke Rickhards and based on community feedback during the consultation process. Throughout the project Wates will engage a local supply chain and provide training and employment opportunities for local people, ensuring it leaves behind a skills and economic boost for the town. In order to begin the process of awarding contracts to local firms, Wates is currently arranging a Meet the Buyer event at Maidenhead Town Hall on Friday 13th April.
Attendees will be given the chance to meet the teams at Wates and Constructionline, a provider of procurement and supply chain management services, and to register interest and tender for contracts as part of the new Leisure Centre. Wates is also encouraging social enterprises to attend the event, having made a company wide pledge to spend £20m within the sector by 2020.
Major Works – UK is part of the Scape National Construction framework. The framework provides public-sector organisations with the highest standards of customer satisfaction, local labour and local spend for public sector construction projects. Projects also operate with strict minimum standards of fair payment, waste diversion, community engagement, training and apprenticeships.
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Southern Home Counties, said:
“The Royal Borough has put forward a bold vision for the new Braywick Leisure Centre, and were very happy to help make it a reality. Leisure facilities such as these are incredibly important in supporting the health and wellbeing of communities, and we will work closely with our partners to ensure that the project is a success.
Integral to that success will be the input of local people, and Id like to encourage small businesses across the local area to attend our Meet the Buyer event to find how they can become part of creating this exciting addition to Maidenhead.”
Cllr Samantha Rayner, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities at the Royal Borough, commented:
“Braywick Leisure Centre offers us a once in a lifetime opportunity to provide residents with a state-of-the-art hub for sport, arts and a wide range of cultural events. Once complete it will be the major destination for sport in the Royal Borough and have activities to cater for all ages.
I look forward to seeing the project progress and we will continue to work alongside Wates and our other partners on this exciting journey.”
Victoria Brambini, Managing Director at Scape Procure, said:
“The new Braywick Leisure Centre will provide not only a fantastic new facility and community hub for health, wellbeing and culture, but also a very positive boost to Windsor & Maidenheads economy.
As well as providing an outstanding new building, the project will ensure the use of the local supply chain wherever possible during construction, including the creation of employment and apprenticeship opportunities.”
The new centre is expected to open at the end of 2019, with the Magnet Leisure Centre remaining open until then to ensure there is no break in service.
Businesses looking to attend the Meet the Buyer event can visit here to register their interest.