Slough regenerates leisure facilities as part of £62m investment

Plans to make Slough one of the most active towns in the UK is firmly on track following the completion of its third leisure project this year, says the council. Langley Leisure Centre has undergone a

£6.5m redevelopment to revitalise and extend its outdated facilities with upgrades to the swimming pools and reception area as well as a new fitness suite, new exercise and spinning studios plus a café and vending area in the reception area. The project follows the £5.7m regeneration

of Salt Hill Activity Centre where the former ten pin bowling facility has been transformed into a multi-functional family activity hub with a six- lane tenpin bowling alley with its own bar, and new leisure zones featuring a high ropes course, trampoline park, caving area, soft play and party rooms. Both projects were delivered by Morgan Sindall

as part of Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a joint venture between Morgan Sindall Investments

Limited and Slough Borough Council, designed to drive regeneration in the town. The projects follow the recent opening

of Slough Ice Arena, which was refurbished and extended by Morgan Sindall in a £10m project that included a two-storey canopy extension, entrance, reception, café, gym and

climbing facilities. Meanwhile, work continues on the £18m

leisure centre on Farnham Road, which is due to open to the public in March 2019. The projects form part of Slough Borough

Council’s investment of more than £62m to regenerate leisure facilities across the borough.

£4m fully inclusive sports centre launches at Berkshire prep school

A £4m inclusive multi sports centre has opened at a co-educational independent preparatory school to deliver inclusive sport. Developed in consultation with the disability

sports charity, SportsAble, to ensure facilities meets disability access regulations and are fit for purpose to host competition standard Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia, the centre at St Andrew’s School in Berkshire will provide sporting amenities for the school’s 300 students as well as community groups. The development, designed by Mancon Project Management and developed by Amiri

Construction, includes a sports hall fully marked to accommodate a range of sports including badminton, basketball, netball, hockey, football, cricket and wheelchair basketball; a 25m, four-lane swimming pool, complete with hoist and ambulant disabled stairs; wet and dry changing areas; a group exercise and dance studio; a 9m, four channel climbing wall and viewing galleries overlooking the pool and sports hall which includes a kitchen area. All areas offer full disability access with a dedicated toilet and washroom large enough to accommodate a single person in a

wheelchair along with a carer located on the ground floor. “Ensuring full accessibility was core to this

development. Our ambition was to create an environment that could truly be enjoyed by all children, whatever their physical ability. Sport has so much to offer all children and access should be available to enable them all to get involved,” Jon Bartlett, headmaster of St Andrew’s School. St Andrew’s has engaged SportsAble as its

official disability sports partner to advise on the delivery of inclusive sport.


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