The Morden Leisure Centre project is now well underway in terms of planning and design. Merton Council has announced in their latest project newsletter the appointment of a team of specialists who will be heading up the next stages of the new centre project.
Quality Surveyors and Principle Designers services have now been secured and will be taking this project forwards. Gardiner & Theobald have been appointed as Chief Quality Surveyors who have a significant background in delivering leisure projects. Sweet Group have been appointed as Principle designers, and will ensure that the designs are safe to build, and can be operated and maintained by the user during the life of the project.
A SCAPE Framework has been used to design and locate the centre in Morden Park, with Merton Council reporting that five independent consultants have been appointed to begin design activities with these being:
- Architecture – GT Architects
- Services – BDP Environmental
- Structural – Curtins
- Acoustics – BDP Acoustics
- Transport and planning – DHA Consultants
- Fire Engineering – Cundall
In terms of what the centre is expected deliver the directive being handed down by Merton Council is for the centre to be '‘Family Friendly’’ a message which has been filtered down to the project specialists and the centres operators Greenwich Leisure Ltd, operator of Better facilities. The expectation from Merton council is for the new centre to:
- Provide sports, leisure, physical, health and wellbeing for local people and clubs
- Provide in one place, at the same time, a range of activities that a whole family could take
- part in, either together or independently of one another.
- Be affordable to build, operate, and use
- Incorporate safe design
- Be easy to access, both physically, and in terms of booking/reservation of activities
- Have an easily understood customer journey and flow
- Flexible environments to be developed that could, for example, serve as a clubroom or
The project has now reached a very exciting stage with all the design and technical teams in place, seeing the project enter a developmental phase over the coming months. The priority order for what Merton Council want included in the building.
All designs will have to take into consideration the available budget and the community
consultations which took place last year. These were done to establish a priority order for what the council planned to include in the building, which is the following:
- Sport England’s Affordable Leisure Centres model 4 as the basis for the new centre
- Diving facilities, possibly by incorporating a moveable floor
- 25m main pool with 2 extra lanes, if possible
- Learner pool
- Sports hall
The project team will soon have more to share and will be meeting with stakeholders and
community groups to discuss their ideas and proposals, local people and the community, with more
about this in the next newsletter and online update.