Egham Orbit Leisure Centre launches the first-phase of The Runnymede Regeneration Programme (RRP), a programme that will see several sites re-developed across the Borough. The new build leisure centre offers Egham a unique, improved and distinctive sporting, leisure, health and wellbeing destination; a place which will significantly enhance the existing facilities to the benefit of the wider community. The centre will provide a wide range of sport and leisure facilities, creating a compact and effective complex reflecting a modern approach to leisure centre delivery.
The composition of the building and landscape strategies sympathetically responds to the existing site context and topography, maintaining the existing links with the surrounding residential areas. By providing a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment, the completed design aims to increase participation in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities as well as providing a facility which is secure and energy efficient.
The facilities include; 25m 8 lane pool with movable floor and side pool spectator seating, 10×10 learner pool with moveable floor, 4-court sports hall, 110-station fitness suite, 4 dance / exercise studios, indoor cycling studio, double height children’s adventure play area, two storey healthy suite including sauna and steam rooms with wet and dry treatment rooms, café for 100 covers linked with external elevated and ground level terraces, crèche, foyer and reception area and a Civic Area with a modern approach to landscape that reflects the surrounding Green Belt to the front of the building. Outdoor facilities including a new 64 x 100m floodlit Synthetic Turf Pitch (STP) and existing 65-a-side football pitches and existing car parking area.
Due to the site’s location in a designated area of the Green Belt, close attention was paid to the façade and landscape design to ensure the development complemented its setting.