At a special meeting today (Monday, 11 September 2017) Dover District Council’s Cabinet gave the go ahead for the construction of the new £26m Dover District Leisure Centre at Whitfield. Construction will start on the 2.1ha site later this month with a planned opening early in 2019.
The project to replace the current 40-year-old Dover Leisure Centre represents a major investment in the district’s sport and leisure facilities and is supported by Sport England with a National Lottery award of £1.5m from its Strategic Facilities Fund.
Following competitive tenders, the Council has awarded a contract to BAM Construct UK Ltd for construction of the new leisure centre. An announcement on the tender to manage the new leisure centre will be made in the coming weeks.
The new Dover District Leisure Centre will feature a competition standard eight-lane swimming pool with spectator seating for 250 people, learner pool with moveable floor, four court sports hall, squash courts, multi-function room, fitness gym with 120 stations, fitness studios, clip ‘n’ climb wall, and a café. The plans also include two outdoor 3G artificial pitches for five-a-side football and a minimum of 250 parking spaces.
Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: "This is a major investment in the health and well-being of the district. We are grateful for the support of Sport England in developing these exciting proposals, and would like to thank the many stakeholders, local sports clubs and individuals who have contributed ideas. We look forward to delivering a 21st century leisure centre fit for the district."
Charles Johnston, Property Director for Sport England, said: "We’re delighted that we’re able to provide National Lottery funding to help create this superb new leisure centre for the community in Dover. It will offer visitors a great experience, which is crucial in encouraging people to live more active and healthy lives."
Daniel Brenchley, Project Manager, BAM Construct UK, said: "Having built in Dover recently, it’s particularly satisfying to return especially to create something that so many people will enjoy using. Our work in this beautiful county is extensive, as is our knowledge of the local supply chain and the community. We’ll bring our customary skills, expertise and collaborative attitude to this important and landmark scheme."