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Two New Swimming Pools for Reading - Update

Reading Borough Council is progressing with its plans to build two modern new swimming pools for Reading.

A modern 8 lane 25 metre competition standard pool (including full diving facilities) will be built at the Rivermead site to replace Central Pool which will close at the end of this year. In east Reading, a new 25 metre community pool will be built in Palmer Park (linked to existing leisure facilities) and will replace Arthur Hill Pool.

Both Arthur Hill Pool and Central Pool are ageing and expensive to run facilities. They require major investment in order to bring them up to an acceptable standard, and even then they would have a limited lifespan.

The Council is instead choosing to team up with a leisure provider and invest in modern new sport facilities which residents will be able to use for many years to come. We are in the process of identifying delivery partner through a detailed procurement process, which is ongoing. We expect to be in a position to put in place a new leisure contract by Summer 2018 and that construction of both new pools will begin later in 2018. The current timetable is that both new pools will be open for public use by 2020.

In the meantime, the Council is building a 25-metre 5-lane demountable pool at Rivermead (which is in addition to the existing swimming pool currently on the site). This is to provide an additional swimming facility pending the construction of the two new pools. Temporary demountable pools of this kind are of a high standard and have successfully been used in other parts of the country. The demountable pool is expected to be open for public use by January 2018, following the scheduled closure of Central Pool in December 2017.

The above was laid out in a report to the Council’s Policy Committee in October last year www.reading.gov.uk/media/6229/Item-11/pdf/item11-leisureupdate.pdf

Central Swimming Pool

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Our centre is Reading's main swimming pool complex, complete with three swimming pools and a three board diving pit.

Arthur Hill Pool & Fitness Studio

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Arthur Hill Pool & Fitness Studio is now closed.

See below for details regarding the closure of Arthur Hill Pool & Fitness Studio.

Meadway Sports Centre

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Pool Closure: Due to essential maintenance the pool will be closed from Monday 12 June - Sunday 18 June 2017.

Car Parking: A car registration recognition system is in operation. For details please see notices in the car park or ask at reception.

Our centre offers a full programme of sport and leisure activities within the sports hall, racket courts, gym and swimming pool facilties.

Palmer Park Sports Stadium

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Set in acres of beautiful parkland, our centre is one of the finest outdoor sports centres in the region. Facilities include outdoor cycling velodrome, athletics track and sports field, stadium football pitch, 5-a-side courts, gym and dance studio.

Arthur Hill Pool & Fitness Studio Closure

Arthur Hill Pool & Fitness Studio Closure
Why has the centre closed?

The Council needs to make very significant reductions in its budget. Both Arthur Hill and Central Pools require expensive repairs and upgrades just to keep them operational for a limited period of time. Instead we would rather invest that money in high quality and modern replacements. We are proposing to build two modern new swimming pools, one of which would be at nearby Palmer Park.

Can you tell me any more about the new pool at Palmer Park?

The new 6-lane 25-metre community pool would be physically linked to existing leisure facilities in Palmer Park, creating a modern new multi sports hub for the east of the borough. At this stage the timetable is for the new facilities to open in early 2020.

Will there be changes to timetables?

Access to the wider timetable across Reading Sport & Leisure sites is available and we have reviewed our programme to ensure people can access comparable activities and classes. Please speak with us if you have specific enquiries regarding classes and timetables.

What will happen to my Active Membership after the closure?

Your membership will remain fully valid at all other Reading Sport & Leisure sites. Your details and site access cards will remain the same so you won’t need to make any changes or amendments to continue using your Active Membership.

What are the other Reading Sport & Leisure centres?

Reading Sport & Leisure offers three sport and leisure venues across Reading, in addition to operating sports courts and pitches in the parks and open spaces so you are never far from our facilities.

Central Swimming Pool
Meadway Sports Centre
Palmer Park Sports Stadium

What will happen to staff and instructors?

The majority of our staff and instructors already work across all Reading Sport & leisure sites. We

We have worked with all staff and coaches and have programmed new sessions and activities to accommodate both our staff and customers.

What will happen to the building?

Options will be assessed by the Council for the disposal of the building in due course and at this stage we cannot specify what the future of the building will be.

If you have any questions relating to the closure then please speak with a member of staff in the centre or you can contact us via email: rsl.enquiries@reading.gov.uk