Dover District Leisure Centre

Faithful+Gould was appointed by Dover District Council to deliver a new leisure centre to meet the needs of local residents both now and in the future and to support the growing population in the district.

The existing Dover leisure centre was built in 1975. It is in relatively poor condition and does not provide the range and quality of facilities required to meet the current and future needs of the population of the district.

Faithful+Gould have played a key role in the Dover District Leisure Centre project from the schemes inception. We provided early feasibility cost advice which included facility mix option reviews and a detailed benchmarking analysis which helped to inform the business case and demonstrate affordability of the scheme.

A number of potential sites within Dover were considered for the location of the new centre, including retaining its existing location in the town centre. Faithful+Gould worked closely with The Sports Consultancy and GT3 Architects in preparing a business case for the Council which considered the merits of each location along with the associated capital costs to determine the most appropriate solution. It also considered potential Sport England funding and Operator contributions.

Following approval of the business case Faithful+Gould were appointed as lead consultant to provide full multidisciplinary services, including design, to deliver the project. We were instrumental in controlling the costs at every stage by proactively balancing the client’s brief, design aspirations and Sport England requirements.

The new leisure centre comprises:

• The first county-competition standard 8-lane swimming pool in Kent;
• learner pool with moveable floor;
• 250 spectator seating;
• wet and dry change;
• 4-court sports hall;
• squash courts;
• multi-function room;
• fitness suite;
• multi-purpose studios;
• spin studios;
• clip ‘n’ climb;
• café and admin rooms;
• two 5-a-side 3G pitches; and
• associated car parking, hard and soft landscaping.

The project was procured on a two-stage design and build basis using the Southern Construction Framework during which Faithful+Gould worked closely with BAM Construction, sharing cost information and local supply chain intel and market testing key work packages to help inform the design and increase cost certainty. This collaborative approach resulted in a contract sum offer that was on budget.

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