Willmott Dixon has officially broken ground on the Spelthorne Leisure Centre which is set to be one of the world’s most advanced, energy efficient Passivhaus leisure centres once complete.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Spelthorne, members of Spelthorne Borough Council and the contractor’s supply chain partners.
Plans to build the new centre were approved in June 2021 and the contract for the new development was appointed to Willmott Dixon.
The firm will work alongside Passivhaus expert Gale & Snowden and architect GT3 on what will be the second wet and dry Passivhaus leisure centre in the country.
The centre will feature a rooftop 3G pitch, sports hall, gym and competitive, learner and splash swimming pools.
Currently grounds works are being undertaken and in October the creation of the structure for the swimming pool will begin.
Matt Kemp, Willmott Dixon Delivery Director, said: “It’s fantastic to see this project on site, after a preconstruction period that saw a lot of collaboration across all of parties, we’re incredibly pleased to have started construction.
“As the largest Passivhaus leisure centre in the UK this will shine a light on what is possible within net zero construction.
“We’re incredibly pleased to be working alongside Spelthorne Council to deliver their vision, whilst collaborating further with their expertly assembled team.”
While construction takes place on the new complex, the current centre will be open as usual to residents and visitors, right up until the grand opening of the new centre in Spring 2024.
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