Plans for Braywick Leisure Centre progress

Published: Friday, 16th March 2018

An indicative image of the new splash area for Braywick Leisure Centre.
An indicative image of the new splash area for Braywick Leisure Centre.

Plans to build a new state-of-the-art leisure centre in Maidenhead have been given the green light.

Braywick Leisure Centre will bring an outstanding facility to the town and has taken a step forward as the Secretary of State confirmed the local authority is the correct decision making body for this application.

The planning application sets out the facilities and design for the brand new development which will be coming to Braywick Park.

It will feature a 10 lane swimming pool, 200 station gym and improved access for disabled users.

It will open in December 2019, replacing the 40-year-old Magnet which is nearing the end of its serviceable life.

The new facility will use 70 percent less energy than the Magnet and the outstanding design will blend in with the surrounding parkland.

A shuttle bus service from the town centre will help people access the site which will also have expanded car parking facilities and a space to host cultural events.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “This leisure centre will provide a fantastic new venue for residents and visitors to enjoy.

”The development will create new opportunities for sports and a brand new space for performances for the whole community.

“This cutting-edge leisure centre will help residents of all ages and abilities lead healthier and happier lives as we build a borough for everyone.”

A new image showing designs for the children’s splash area is being released to give people a glimpse of what the new leisure centre will look like.

Cllr David Coppinger, cabinet member for planning and health (inc. sustainability), said: “I’m pleased the Secretary of State has decided to let this application progress forward.

“The submitted draft Borough Local Plan sets out how we would manage development in the borough and ensure facilities and infrastructure are built in the right place ahead of the housing developments we need.

“The Braywick Leisure Centre will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come. I’m looking forward to seeing this exciting development’s progress.”

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