This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
sport £9m Horley Leisure Centre opens

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council’s (RBBC) new £9m Horley Leisure Centre has opened on the site of the for- mer Court Lodge School. S&P Architects designed

the new complex, which has replaced the former Horley Anderson Centre and boasts a 25m, six-lane swimming pool and a training pool. Built by Netherlands-based

Pellikaan Construction, the centre also features a 45-sta- tion gym with free weights area; a four-court sports hall; and an exercise studio. Te facility offers separate male, female, fam-

ily, group and disabled changing areas, while a cycle and car park is to be shared with the neighbouring Horley Town Football Club. Greenwich Leisure Limited will operate

Horley Leisure Centre on behalf of the council, which incorporates a number of eco-friendly

S&P Architects are behind the design of the new Horley Leisure Centre

measure such as a biomass heating system and aims to be accessible to all users. RBBC executive member for healthy com-

munities Adam De Save said: “Te centre looks amazing and provides fantastic new facilities to help people of all ages and abilities keep healthy and active.”

Work is set to start on the £8.3m centre this year £30m for national sports medicine centre

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has announced £30m of funding towards a new National Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence across three UK locations. Loughborough, Sheffield

and London are the planned sites of three hubs that com- prise the new facility, which is one of the government’s main legacy commitments from the 2012 Games this summer. Te Centre of Excellence

will help more people become active and treat injuries caused by exercise and conditions that are associated with a lack of physical activity. It is hoped the facility will help people suffer-

Te centre is to share research findings and best practice with the NHS Lansley said: “Te Olympics are a once in

ing from existing conditions such as diabetes benefit from exercise, while returning injured people to physical health and work quickly.

a life-time opportunity for Britain and it pro- vides a great opportunity for the NHS too. “It will share research findings and best prac-

tice with the entire NHS so the whole country benefits.” Details:

Manchester in line for £18m leisure facilities investment

Tree swimming pools in Manchester that offer “poor value for money” could be replaced with new facilities as part an £18m investment strategy announced by the local authority. Manchester City Council’s communities and neighbourhoods overview and scrutiny


committee backed the proposals before they went before the executive on 18 January. A report discussed by the council said there

is a “compelling case” to replace three outdated buildings at Levenshulme, Miles Platting and Chorlton, which are expensive to run.

Twitter: @leisureopps

Liverpool FC to opt for original stadium plans

Initial plans for a new Liverpool Football Club (LFC) stadium at Stanley Park, which were drawn up nine years ago, are to be pursued by US-based owner John Henry. Te decision is likely to see alternative

plans drawn up by previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett ditched and will revive the original plans, drawn up by architects AFL in 2002. LFC already has planning permission

for the AFL plans, which would see the creation of a 60,000-seater “New Anfield” stadium at Grade II-listed Stanley Park.

Read Leisure Opportunities online: 3

£8.3m Pwllheli sailing centre plans put on show

Members of the public have been given the opportunity to comment on initial plans for the development of a new £8.3m National Sailing and Academy Centre, which will be located in Pwllheli, North Wales. Gwynedd Council held a consultation

day on 17 January to display the plans, which have been drawn up by Ellis Williams Architects and Dobson:Owen Architects. Construction work is due to commence

later this year, with the new facility sched- uled to open its doors in 2013. It is hoped the scheme will enable Pwllheli to attract larger and more frequent sailing events.

Gloucestershire CCC ground plans rejected

Plans drawn up by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (GCCC) and Linden Homes for a revamp of the County Ground have been rejected by Bristol City Council. Te decision has been described as a

“massive disappointment” by GCCC chief executive Tom Richardson and means that international cricket matches will no lon- ger take place at the venue. Richardson also said the council’s failure

to approve the development proposals had placed the club’s future in Bristol in doubt, hinting at a possible move to Gloucester.

image: benis arapovic/

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24