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With groundworks now underway on the new Leisure Centre you can follow progress of the build, including news, information and photo updates on Facebook

We’re committed to delivering the district's new county standard, 8-lane competition swimming pool and leisure centre at Whitfield in early 2019.

Funding for the new centre was approved by both Cabinet and the full Council at meetings held on 21 September 2016.

The project delivers a major priority identified by the Indoor Sports Facility strategy.

Whitfield is accessible for residents of Dover and the wider district. There will be free parking for a minimum of 250 vehicles, and we will work with bus operators to develop improved public transport accessibility.

Site Plan
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The new Dover Leisure Centre will contain a much wider range of state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities. 

Proposed changes
 Activity AreasCurrentCore OptionChange Compared to Current
Main pool 6-Lane 25m pool 8 lane x 25m pool Increase
Spectator seating 140 person capacity 250 person capacity Increase
Learner pool 12.5m x 7.5m Learner pool 15m x 8.5m with moveable floor Increase
Sports hall 8 courts 4 courts Decrease
Health and fitness 37 stations 120 stations Increase
Multi activity studio 1 x studios 2 x studios Increase
Multi purpose room (ground floor) None 1 x room for meetings / parties / soft play / crèche etc. Increase
Spin studio None 1 x studio Increase
Squash court 3 x courts 2 x courts Decrease
Interactive climbing None Included Increase
Small sauna and steam room Included Included No change
2 x five a side football pitches (outdoor 3G) None Included Increase
Café Included Included No change
Parking spaces 95 spaces 250 spaces minimum Increase



Leisure centre plans


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Proposed timescales

  • September 2016: Council approval for plans and funding
  • November 2016: Consultant team appointed
  • December 2016: Mix of leisure and sporting facilities confirmed by DDC Cabinet
  • January 2017: Preferred pre-construction contractor appointed 
  • March 2017: Planning application submitted
  • August 2017: Building contractor appointed
  • October 2017: Construction starts
  • November 2018: Construction complete
  • Early 2019: Centre opens

Continuity of service

We will work with the centre management to minimise disruption to users. There will be full continuity of service from now until the new centre is opened. The existing centre will only be closed following the opening of the new centre.


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