Planning applications have been submitted for new leisure centres in Reading.

Plans for a new Rivermead centre and Palmer Park swimming pool have been submitted by Greenwich Leisure Ltd which operates the council’s leisure services and are due to go before councillors on March 31.

At Rivermead the plans propose:

  • A 25m eight-lane competition pool with moveable floor and 300 spectator seat
  • A combined teaching and diving pool
  • Splash pad
  • A six-court sports hall with 250 spectator seats
  • A 120-station gym with three studios
  • A cafe/information hub and soft play

At Palmer Park, in addition to the refurbishment of the existing stadium building, there will be:

  • A 25 metre, six-lane community pool
  • A 100-station gym with three studios
  • An activity zone for children with party rooms,
  • And a new café and information hub.

Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Reading Borough Council’s lead councillor for health, wellbeing and sport, said: “This news heralds that, despite the challenges of the past year, we are continuing to press forward in providing first-class leisure facilities a town of our size and status deserves, as well as achieving a good balance for Reading’s communities and for families.

“We are investing over £40 million in modern new leisure facilities – including a new leisure centre and two brand new swimming pools – delivered in partnership with our leisure provider, Greenwich Leisure Ltd.

“I’m also delighted that, aligning with our commitment to sustainability, these new developments will be built to BREEAM Excellent standards and renewables used where possible, as well as measures to reduce carbon emissions and improve environmental efficiency.”


Images 1 &2: Rivermead.

Image 3: Palmer Park.

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