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Next stage for renaissance of Kenilworth’s leisure facilities

todayAugust 11, 2021

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Final designs for the potential transformation of Kenilworth’s leisure facilities are set to be discussed at a meeting of Warwick District Council’s Cabinet on Thursday 12 August ahead of being presented to the Planning Committee.  

If approved by Councillors, the multi million redevelopment scheme will bring some of the best sports facilities in the country to the town. The extensive plans include the creation of a second indoor pool at Abbey Fields with direct access to an adjoining sun terrace, as well as a new leisure centre at Castle Farm with a sports hall, 80 station gym and studios, as well as a new HQ for local scouts and guides. 

Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, Councillor Liam Bartlett, commented:

“We are really excited about the stunning new sports facilities we are planning for Kenilworth. As has been the case with the redevelopment of the leisure centres at Newbold Comyn (Leamington) and St Nicholas Park (Warwick), if we receive the go ahead, we are confident that local people will love using them and be impressed with way that they will blend seamlessly into their magnificent backdrop.” 

“Our innovative plans, with a sun-deck area and café have been sympathetically designed and with the new indoor family pool we firmly believe that we are offering the very best options to serve the town for many generations to come.”

The Kenilworth Leisure plans will go to Planning Committee in September, if approved work on the new facilities will start early in 2022. 

The plans have gone through a careful period of analysis and scrutiny, with a public consultation being held throughout November and December of 2019 to obtain feedback on designs, helping the design team refine the proposals.

The hundreds of local residents who were surveyed during this time emphasized particularly on the planning proposals effect on the environment. Councillor Moira Ann Granger commented last year that:

“Those who responded gave some very clear messages about the need for the new facilities to be sustainable, energy efficient and accessible to all and also highlighted the importance of mitigating the impacts on traffic and wildlife.”

Such a process ensured that the building designs made the facilities as close to carbon neutral as possible, in line with the District Council’s commitment to tackling climate change, and were not hurtful to the functioning of local society.

 

Written by: Christopher Simmons

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