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Combined leisure provision

A combined leisure provision is a typical facility mix of swimming pool, sports hall and health and fitness facilities.

We have a suite of information covering combined leisure provision to help government officials, designers, community leaders, contractors and leisure operators, while focusing on affordability and future financial sustainability. 

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Sports centres

Affordable sports centres (25m pool)

Alongside the Amateur Swimming Association, we created the Affordable Sports Centres with Community 25m Pool Options guidance to help set out a planning process that will take project developers through the different design stages and ensure decisions are robust and based on local community needs. 

Our short brochure summarises the key areas that are covered in in the main document and appendices.

The full guidance below gives design and capital cost options for combined affordable multi-sports centres, which include swimming pools, sports halls and health and fitness facilities in a range of sizes, as well as procurement advice, business and operating models.

It’s aimed at the early briefing and design stages of new projects and works to give a better understanding of:

  • How affordable and easily operated facilities can offer resource savings and help address health
  • Wellbeing and demographic issues to better serve the specific needs of local community groups.

Our Affordable Sports Centres guidance is a March 2015 update on the previous version, which was first issued in August 2013. These updates include changes to the business model and procurement advice covered in the main document, alongside the following updates:

  • General enhancements to plans, elevations and 3D visualisation
  • Rationalisation of options
  • Specification and costs updated to comply with current Building Regulations, including Part L
  • Capital and revenue costs (updated in the fourth quarter of 2014)
  • Cost options for additional features included.
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Appendix

There's also an additional appendix document that you can use alongside our main guidance. The appendices give greater in-depth analysis and additional commentary on the various sections covered and aim to clarify the technical and detailed subject areas covered. They contain information on:

  • Detailed accommodation list
  • Schedule of areas
  • Further layouts of affordable sports centres with community 25m pool options
  • Indicative pool configurations
  • Building fabric
  • Structural design and drainage
  • Building services             
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Programme of use.

Together with the supporting appendices, our Affordable Sports Centres guidance is an essential reference for new sports centre projects, or where the rationalisation of the existing sports centre stock is being considered. 

Examples of individual drawing, sections and elevations

You can use the individual drawings, sections and elevations extracted from our main document as templates for your own project during its design stages. These cover the following: 

  • Option A – ground and first floor plans
  • Option B – ground and first floor plans
  • Option C – ground and first floor plans
  • Option C – sections and elevations
  • Option D – ground and first floor plans.

Affordable sports centres (50m pool)

This information, produced jointly with the Amateur Swimming Association, builds on our previous Affordable Centre models to now incorporate 50m swimming pool provision.

Our Affordable Sports Centres with Community 50m Pool Options guidance offers design and capital cost options for affordable multi-sports centres to include a 50m swimming pool, secondary pool options, sports halls and health and fitness facilities in a range of sizes. Procurement advice, business and operating models are also included.

Our short brochure summarises the key areas that are covered in more detail in the main document and appendices below.

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Appendix

There's also an appendix document that you can use alongside the main guidance, which has more information on:

  • Detailed accommodation list
  • Schedule of areas
  • Further layouts of affordable sports centres with 50m pool options
  • Indicative pool configurations
  • Building fabric
  • Structural design and drainage
  • Building services
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Programme of use
  • Drawings, sections and elevations.

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