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New District Leisure Centre

Leisure centre progress January 2018

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Opening early in 2019

The first county-standard competition swimming pool in Kent

Work is now well underway to deliver the district's new £26m leisure centre at Whitfield.  This exciting new facility includes the first county-standard, eight-lane competition swimming pool in Kent.  BAM Construction are the main contractors for the build and you can follow progress, including news, information and photo updates on their dedicated project page on Facebook

Construction progress

Erection of the structural steel frame is now well underway. A large area of the future car park has also been completed and is being used to house the site office and to store construction materials.  Ground excavations are also underway on the two squash courts.  To date, 33% of the total order values for construction of the new leisure centre have been placed with companies in Kent.  Five apprentices are working on site with BAM Construction.

Five 34m long, 9 tonne spruce beams will support the roof of the new leisure centre, with a further eight larch columns as a feature of the main entrance canopy.  They are set to make their way from the Port of Dover to Whitfield in a special overnight operation on Wednesday, 31 January. 

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BAM are members of the Considerate Constructors scheme.  If you have any questions or concerns about construction activities at the site, please contact BAM by e-mail or call 01727 894200.

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Facilities in the new leisure centre

Fit for the future, the new Dover Leisure Centre will contain a much wider range of state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities. 

Proposed changes
 Activity AreasFacilities
Main pool 8 lane x 25m county-standard competition pool
Spectator seating 250 person capacity
Learner pool 15m x 8.5m with moveable floor
Sports hall 4 courts
Health and fitness 120 stations
Multi activity studio 2 x studios
Multi purpose room (ground floor) 1 x room for meetings / parties / soft play / crèche etc.
Spin studio 1 x studio
Squash court 2 x courts
Interactive climbing Clip 'n' Climb
Sauna and steam room Included
Five a side football  2 x outdoor 3G pitches
Café Included
Parking spaces 250 spaces minimum

Design of the new Leisure Centre

The new leisure centre has been designed to meet the latest Sport England facilities requirements, including access for people with a wide range of disabilities.  The swimming pool will be fully accessible with pool pods for wheelchair users.  Sport England are contributing £1.5m to the project.  The architects of the new leisure centre are sport and leisure specialists,  GT3 Architects.  

Leisure centre plans

Delivery time-frame

  • March 2017: Land acquired at Whitfield
  • August 2017: Planning consent granted
  • October 2017: Ground breaking - start of construction
  • October 2017: Places for People awarded contract to operate new leisure centre
  • November 2018: Construction complete
  • Early 2019: Centre opens

New leisure centre operator

Places for People Leisure Management Ltd. (“Places for People”) have been awarded a 12 year contract to manage the new Dover Leisure Centre.

Places for People manage a portfolio of 116 leisure facilities for local authorities across the country. Places for People will also take over the management of the existing Dover Leisure Centre from April 2018 which is currently operated under a lease arrangement with Your Leisure Kent Ltd.

The existing leisure centre on Townwall Street will remain open until the new centre at Whitfield is completed. 


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