Councillors in Basingstoke will meet on Tuesday (February 6) to decide whether to approve proposals for a replacement for the town’s aquadrome.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve the range of new features that could be provided and how the new energy-efficient centre will be delivered.

If the proposals are approved, the formal search for a leisure specialist to design, gain consent for, build and run the new council-owned centre at Basingstoke Leisure Park will start.

The new complex which would be moved to a new section of the leisure park will include a 25-metre eight-lane competition pool, 20-metre four-lane teaching pool, leisure waters with flumes, a 150-station gym, three studios with spin studio, an indoor clip and climb, indoor adventure soft play, party rooms and café.

Other additions which could be considered include extra water space, a sports halls or spa.

The council also seeks to explore options for providing for ice skating in the future.

Cabinet member for major projects and regeneration Cllr Onnalee Cubitt said: “This represents a big step forward in bringing our aspirations for a brand new Aquadrome to life and is a massive investment in leisure and wellbeing activities that all our residents can enjoy for years to come.

“We have been visiting other newly-built first-class leisure centres. We know what can be achieved, we know what our residents deserve and we are determined to deliver what they have been promised for a long time as a new, modern and energy-efficient facility.

“New facilities would include two new swimming pools, exciting new leisure waters with flumes and a number of new activities based on what residents have told us they would like to see, including an indoor clip and climb and indoor adventure soft play.

“As a cabinet we are committed to delivering on our residents’ aspirations for the borough and we will continue to explore whether there are opportunities for additional facilities, such as ice skating, for the future.”

The existing aquadrome was originally built as a lido in the 1970s, with additional facilities added over a number of years.

A planning application for the new complex is expected by Summer 2026 and could open by December 2028.


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