Leisure strategy: More people. More active. More often
This is an exciting year for sports-led regeneration in Slough.
Everywhere you look you’ll see amazing new and refurbished facilities under construction. This summer three of the council’s four outstanding major leisure projects will have opened their doors to the public.
Slough Borough Council’s ambitious strategy began with the development of the new Community Sports Facility at Arbour Park which was delivered on time and on budget – phase one in August 2016 and phase two in June 2017. Arbour Park is a state-of-the-art 1,950-person capacity community sports stadium with a 3G artificial pitch that is also the new home of Slough Town Football Club.
These projects are being developed through Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments, which is driving regeneration across the town, including leisure, housing and community and school buildings.
This is the biggest overhaul of Slough’s leisure infrastructure in a generation and once finished, will provide a range of state-of-the-art facilities that will attract people who live and work in the town to improve their health and wellbeing.
The council is encouraging people to adopt physical activity as a habit for life – a key outcome of its five year £60million ‘Get Active Slough’ leisure strategy.
Slough Ice Arena
The original Ice Arena closed its doors in early 2017, having operated for more than three decades, to undergo a complete transformation and extension. On Saturday 28 April it will have its official grand opening to the public as a key landmark along the Bath Road.
The new Ice Arena will include:
- extensive landscaping and public space, making a strong visual link to the Bath Road and Salt Hill Park.
- recladding to transform its appearance and impact
- new ice pad fit for the next generation of skaters and user groups
- new fully-glazed ice rink barriers (officially called the ‘dasher board’)
- new specialist chiller plant with replacement of existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment as required – creating a much more energy efficient building
- fully refurbished changing rooms and toilets
- new spectator seating and lighting
- new café and reception area
- new climbing wall and clip ‘n’ climb feature
- new mezzanine level complete with lift access, housing a new gym.
Join us on Saturday 28 April for the official opening of Slough Ice Arena.
- Free skating sessions and demonstrations
- Try out our new climbing wall
- Free frozen yoghurt cart
- Children’s ice trail adventure…and more!
Salt Hill Activity Centre
The former bowling alley at Salt Hill Park is currently being transformed into an exciting new family activity centre.
The Salt Hill Activity Centre is nearing the end of a nine month-long refurbishment and will reopen in June, delivering an exciting range of activities and facilities to meet the needs of Slough’s families:
- trampolining zone with light chase game and battle pits
- high-wire climbing zone with tight ropes and suspended mid-air tubes
- large soft play area for six months to nine year olds
- caving zone
- six ten-pin bowling lanes in a separate area with its own bar
- party rooms
- additional car parking spaces.
Andy Howell, SUR General Manager, said: “We are delighted to be part of delivering such a huge range of leisure developments that will offer the people of Slough the best facilities in the area. The sport led regeneration strategy is now becoming a reality and we hope local residents enjoy being more active!”
Langley Leisure Centre
Built in 1997, Langley Leisure Centre is one of the borough’s best used leisure sites, but much of the plant and other machinery was coming to the end of its useful life.
The site is now undergoing a large scale refurbishment to extend the building, improve car parking and renew tired facilities.
When it reopens this June, residents can expect to see:
- complete refurbishment and upgrade of the building
- repairs and refurbishment to both swimming pools
- newly replaced plant equipment and other machinery
- upgraded ventilation and lighting
- extensions to the front and rear of the existing gym, doubling its capacity
- improvement to the activity studios
- new steam room and jacuzzi
- increased parking provision.
In February, a group of construction students from East Berkshire College visited the Langley Leisure Centre site to experience a construction site first hand with Morgan Sindall Construction Ltd, who are committed to supporting local skills and training.
Bobby Kumar, construction student at East Berkshire College, said: “Today has been great! The working environment is so different to college, and we don't get to experience this within the classroom. Because it's a live site, the methods we're seeing are the most up to date, so it helps us get the latest outlook on construction. I want to do construction management, and I feel like this has given me an insight into what the job role might include. Seeing Simon and Nick presenting and hearing about their experience has helped me build my experience already!"
We are building a brand new leisure centre on the site of the old Centre on Farnham Road in our most ambitious leisure project to date.
Construction is well underway and our largest leisure facility will deliver:
- 25m eight lane swimming pool
- 15m x 10m teaching pool with moveable floor
- unisex changing village (wet)
- poolside sauna and steam room
- four court sports hall with specialist illuminated flooring – we’ll be first facility in the UK to use it
- 100+ station gym
- three exercise studios
- male and female changing facilities (dry)
- treatment rooms.
The Centre is on track to complete construction by spring 2019.