The multi-million pound Braywick Leisure Centre build got underway this week.
The build started with works to create 240 additional, permanent car parking spaces which will be available for residents to use from early 2019. Over the coming months foundations for the building with be dug and drains and utility supplies installed.
Cllr Samantha Rayner, lead member for culture and communities (inc, customer and business services) said: “This step gives reality to the project which has taken a long time to get to and shows our commitment to deliver outstanding sporting and community facilities to our residents.
A time lapse camera will also be installed on the site to capture all the action and footage from the build will be made available to residents at regular intervals during the build.
Cllr Rayner continued: “I hope that the time-lapse camera footage will give residents a real flavour of the build progressing and how the centre will look and feel once it’s completed.”
The new leisure centre, which will replace the ageing Magnet Leisure Centre, will provide state-of-the-art sports facilities for residents including:
• A 10-lane, 25m swimming pool – up from eight lanes at the Magnet.
• A larger training pool – almost twice the size of the Magnet.
• A larger splash area and larger pool changing village.
• A 200-station gym (up from 150) and a separate health suite.
• Two dance studios and a spinning studio.
• Four squash courts – which can also be reconfigured into another studio space.
• Six outdoor netball / tennis courts.
• An 80-seat café with views of the pool.
• A replacement Pearce Suite hall to seat up to 650 people for events.
• A new soft play area.
• Improved accessibility for disabled users and sports teams.
• A 40m x 60m floodlit all weather 3G pitch.
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has appointed Wates as the construction partner to develop the site.
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction, said: “Today marks the start of a very exciting time in the progress of this bold and ambitious leisure centre for Maidenhead. It is always extremely rewarding to be able to commence construction by breaking ground and never more so than when a project is set to have a significant impact upon a local community; these facilities will be invaluable in supporting the health and wellbeing of the residents of the Royal Borough.”
Braywick Leisure Centre was procured via Major Works – UK, part of the Scape National Construction framework which 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.
The centre is due for completion in mid-2020 with the Magnet remaining open until the new centre is operational, meaning there will be no break in provision.