Have your say on Chelmsford's new high-spec leisure facility!

Today, Chelmsford City Council announced that Kier has been appointed to undertake pre-construction services for the city's new leisure complex.

Kier is a leading construction, property, residential and services group. This is a key stage in developing this important community building, which will house a larger modern 25m x 10 lane swimming pool, along with two further teaching and fun pools and a flume. In addition, there will be a 120-station gym, health and fitness studios, crèche and soft play, changing rooms and reception area.

At this stage, Kier will only be managing the pre-construction aspects of the development. They will begin working alongside the design team and will focus on ensuring good value for money in procurement, sequencing the works and ensuring the project can be delivered on programme and within the agreed budget.

Kier Operations Director, Ian Gifford, said “We’re extremely pleased to be delivering the pre-construction work for this exciting new facility in Chelmsford. We have a strong track record delivering leisure complexes and we’re looking forward to working closely with Chelmsford City Council to provide this important development for the City.”
A planning application for the new leisure complex has now also been submitted and will be considered by Chelmsford City Council’s Planning Committee in March. To view the application and to provide your comments, please visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/riversidedevelopment (application reference 16/02242/FUL). The closing date for feedback is midnight on Friday 3 February.

Built on the site of the existing Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre, construction of the new facility is planned to start in July 2017, with the opening scheduled at the end of 2018. The existing leisure centre and ice rink will remain substantially open throughout the construction, although there will be an impact on the ice rink towards the end of the construction period.

Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Julia Jeapes, said: “This is another important stage of the project and I am pleased how the design has developed and very confident it will be a great addition to the city centre landscape. We are very grateful for the community input received to date in helping to shape these plans and I am sure, when completed, it will be a much used community facility.”

In response to the appointment of Kier, Councillor Jeapes said, “We have been impressed by Kier’s proven track record and extensive experience in the leisure sector and we look forward to establishing a strong working partnership with them, as well as with the other partner organisations involved in this major development for the city.”

For details of the planning application and how to comment on the plans, please visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/riversidedevelopment or see the scheme on the ground floor entrance area at Riverside.