Broughton Astley Leisure Centre Opens to the Public

The new Broughton Astley Leisure Centre, owned by Parkwood Leisure, was successfully completed last month, opening its door to the public on the 9th December 2019. We were appointed by Parkwood Leisure as part of a Design, Build, Manage and operate procurement up to RIBA Stage 4 and then novated to Speller Metcalfe Construction to deliver RIBA Stages 5 and 6.

Completed, the new building accommodates a four-court sports hall; 4 dry changing rooms, 2 nos flexible dance-studios, 70-stations fitness suite, café and ancillary accommodation. The scheme also includes floodlit FA standard synthetic football pitches and a car park.

Following receipt of Section 106 monies as part of the future housing growth for the village, Broughton Astley Parish Council looked to develop a new Community Leisure Facility for the village, including shared car parking with a future new Medical Centre. Broughton Astley leisure Centre is an important part of ‘The Big Plan for Broughton Astley’, the Parish Councils neighbourhood plan showcasing their vision for the village up to 2028, during which time the number of houses will significantly increase along with a growth in population. As a result, the Council had a number of core outcomes and objectives to deliver from the new facility to ensure it goes on to support and deliver the overall corporate objectives of the Council.

With over 25 years’ designing for the sports and leisure sector, we brought an incredible level of knowledge and experience to the build. This resultingly allowed us to deliver a successful design of a modern facility that reflected our client’s approach to sport and leisure delivery whilst complying with the latest Sport Governing Bodies recommendations and working on a tight budget.

Parkwood Leisure were delighted with the end result, as described through the following comments:

Alex Godfrey Regional Director, Parkwood Leisure
“We have worked with Watson Batty Architects team from the project concept right through to completion and have been incredibly impressed with the professionalism and design innovation that they have delivered on the project. The end product is a fantastic addition for the community of Broughton Astley.”

Speller Metcalfe expressed their experience working alongside Watson Batty’s Team through the following words:
Richard Slater, Estimating Manager, Speller Metcalfe:
“I have found that Watson Batty Architects take a very proactive approach to their designs, they understand the key drivers for the project and adapt their building design accordingly. I very much look forward to working with Watson Batty Architects on future projects.”

Jordan Evans, Design Coordinator, Speller Metcalfe:
“Working in partnership with WBA on Broughton Astley Leisure Centre has been an enjoyable and successful scheme for both companies, mainly due to their experience on working on similar schemes as well as their pro-activeness in closing out design related queries during the project both pre-construction & during construction.”

The facility will be used by the community of Broughton Astley and the students at Thomas Astley Community College. The building is designed to accommodate a dedicated and secured access from the Academy side to the leisure centre.

Image credit: Speller Metcalfe