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Braywick Leisure Centre

Sector: Local Authority

Project value: £33m

Framework: SCAPE Construction | For the Public Sector

Economic benefit generated locally: £37.4m

Considerate Constructors Score: 44

Waste diverted from landfill: 100%

CO2 offset: 250 tonnes

Students supported through education initiatives: 730

Wates were professional, passionate and extremely competent in their delivery of this stunning new leisure centre for the people of Maidenhead.

Samantha Rayner

Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities at Maidenhead and Windsor Council.

A new carbon-neutral, sustainable leisure facility for Maidenhead.

Braywick Leisure Centre in Maidenhead is a new, state of the art leisure centre constructed as a replacement for the 40-year old Magnet Leisure Centre.

Despite welcoming 800,000 visitors a year, the Magnet Leisure Centre had become economically inefficient and environmentally unsustainable.

With sustainability and social value embedded into the heart of the project, the new leisure centre has created a fantastic hub and a focal point for the local community, expanding its service and promoting positive and healthy lifestyles.

Delivered as a zero-carbon project, the new centre's eco-friendly approach now uses 70% less energy than the previous building, setting a benchmark for sustainable development across the borough, making a key contribution to the council’s pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.


The new facility replaces the 40-year-old Magnet Leisure Centre, which, although well used by the local community, was no longer suitable for it's purpose.

The wellbeing of the local community, both today and into the future, underpins this project. The new centre was designed to completely transform the community leisure offer for the wider Maidenhead area, providing a wide range of high-quality facilities and flexible community spaces, in a way that was not just sustainable in the long term, but was also delivered as a carbon neutral project.

Wates engaged in a range of initiatives to ensure this ambitious target was met, including offsetting carbon through investing in renewable energy in India as well as reducing the miles travelled to site throughout the construction programme.

The complex nature of the mechanical, electrical and public health systems required for Braywick Leisure Centre was amplified by the wide range of sustainable initiatives necessary for the completed project to meet its emission targets.

Procuring the project through the SCAPE Construction framework facilitated collaboration between Wates, Wates Building Services, architects Burke Richards and the M&E engineer Hoare Lea. This allowed them to engage early in the scheme and support the design team before costs for delivering the building were finalised.

This also meant that Wates Building Services, and by extension Wates Drylining Services, were able to provide valuable advice at an early stage to support the installation and co-ordination of MEP services throughout the scheme, streamlining the final design before the construction phase and ensuring all fittings were "right first time".

This spirit of collaboration was also key in overcoming the challenges of the site being partly on landfill, which required several workshops to achieve an efficient and workable design.

The overall outcome of the project was to deliver a landmark project that was on time, on budget and meet all the aspirations of the client in terms of community value and sustainability.

The new facilities include a 10-lane swimming pool, larger splash and training pools, a 200-station gym, four squash courts, a sports hall, a café and an all-weather football pitch. The new building also provides a range of flexible community spaces, providing a state-of-the-art hub, not just for sports but also for arts and a wide range of cultural events.

The building has been designed to deliver just a third of the emissions of its predecessor and was also delivered as a zero-carbon project, with exemplary sustainability credentials through every stage of its life cycle.

In addition to ensuring affordable access to health and wellness facilities by for local residents and leisure centre visitors for years to come, the project sought to promote and support local people at every stage of the process, creating real community value. This included working with local trades where possible, with more than 150 businesses attending a Meet the Buyer event and three quarters of the supply chain being engaged from within 40 miles of the development site. Wates also invested more than £13,000 in social enterprises during the build programme as well as supporting a range of community events including tree planting and gardening events.

The project team also arranged site visits, networking events and assemblies for local schools, as well as arranging 13 work experience placements for local students. Through the Wates’ Building Futures programme, 17 jobseekers passed their CSCS test, with one employed as a gateman since November 2018.

We are absolutely delighted with the performance of Wates in every respect. Their management of sub-contractors and their loyal supply chain as well as their own in-house management systems is reflected in the high quality of workmanship achieved in bringing this large complex development to a successful conclusion for all concerned. They have provided a truly professional service

Tom de Boeck

Senior Associate, Burke Rickhards architects


Workforce employed locally


Waste diverted from landfill


Trees planted locally

In collaboration with:

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
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