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Hart District council

Hart Leisure Centre

Sector: Leisure

Project value: £24m

Client satisfaction: 9/10

Work experience placements: 88

Local labour within 20 miles: 45%

Local spend within 20 miles: 40%

This is an impressive building and the facilities inside are the most modern and state-of-the-art available today."

Tim Southern

Councillor, Chairman | Hart District Council

An efficient new leisure complex in the South East, designed to improve the facilities available to the local community and promote health and well-being.

Hart District Council commissioned a new leisure complex, designed to improve the facilities available to the local community and promote health and well-being.

This project was delivered via the SCAPE National Major Works framework, by Willmott Dixon supported by an extensive local supply chain.


The new leisure centre features an eight-lane swimming pool, gym, climbing wall and a large eight-court sports hall.

The pool hall has a tied arch roof featuring aluminium perforated acoustic deck and suspended African Ayous timber, with the latter specified by the client.

It is situated next to a country park, so it was important to ensure the design fitted into the local surroundings.

This was achieved using complimentary materials, in addition to by planting 4,800 trees and 50,000 shrubs across the site. There are also various external pitches, ranging from a full size all weather pitch to intermediate grass pitches, which can be used for a variety of sports and leisure activities.

Replacing the existing Hart Leisure Centre with a modern, energy efficient building has helped the council achieve cost savings, as well as ensuring the building is futureproofed and environmentally sustainable.

The build includes an energy efficient sloping roof and sustainable timber detailing, with PV solar thermal panels generating enough energy to power the entire centre.

Natural ventilation and a Combined Heating and Power (CHP) system to re-use excess heat are helping to further reduce the centre’s energy and maintenance costs.

Our teams ensured the local economy benefited from the construction, with 85% of suppliers being SME businesses. 75% of the construction contract value was delivered by these organisations and 75% of local labour was sourced within 40 miles of the site.

The project also created 88 work experience placements for 15-17 year olds from the local school, helping to inspire them about the variety of careers that construction can offer.


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