Work has begun on the construction of a new leisure centre for Sevenoaks District Council.
The £20m project, delivered by Alliance Leisure Services, represents the council’s largest public project in more than 30 years.
Located in Swanley, Kent, the new White Oak Leisure Centre will replace the existing centre of the same name. Built in the 1960s and extended in the 1970s, the current centre is coming to the end of its life and is both inefficient and expensive to operate.
The new leisure centre, which was procured under UK Leisure Framework, owned by Denbighshire Council and managed by Denbighshire Leisure, aims to introduce new income streams, drive participation and capture a wider segment of user groups with a building fit for the future.
The energy efficient centre has been designed by Saunders Boston Architects and will include a 25m, six lane swimming pool with movable floor, a learner pool and a viewing area; a fitness suite with more than 100 stations; two studios and a multi-purpose sports hall.
Other facilities include a soft play area, Tag Active arena and Feel Good Suite featuring power-assisted equipment for people with limited mobility, the elderly and those managing long-term conditions.
Construction company ISG is building the new centre, which will be managed by Everyone Active.
As part of the project, Alliance Leisure is upgrading the sports hall at the local Orchard Academy to accommodate netball, roller hockey and other sports to support local sporting clubs.