brand new Andover Leisure Centre

The brand new Andover Leisure Centre is taking shape

Andover’s brand new state-of-the-art leisure centre continues to take shape at great pace.

Contractor Pellikaan is putting the steel work in place, the cladding is nearly completed and the roof is on.


Places for People Leisure and Test Valley Borough Council are pleased to announce that they have revised the internal layout in response to local feedback and will be increasing the number of exercise studios from 3 to 4, this will include the Virtual Group Cycling Studio.


Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said:

It is fantastic that the leisure centre is really starting to take shape and it’s amazing to see how far we have come in a relatively short space of time. I am also delighted that we have been able to take on board feedback from the public and have had the opportunity to make some really positive changes to the plans.


The new Andover Leisure Centre will be offering a range of activities to get active and moving. Including a new state of the art Clip n Climb and a children’s adventure play centre.


The suggested Clip n Climb design for Andover Leisure Centre provides 13 challenges and 17 individual climbing lines for adults and children that go up to a maximum height of 7.5 metres. It is designed as a colourful bright and vibrant climbing arena with key elements such as Astroball, Leap of Faith, Twister and Stairway to Heaven providing a ‘wow’ factor.


Clip n Climb uses Auto-Belay technology so a climber is free to climb without the need of someone to control the ropes at the bottom.  Clip n Climb is a climbing and brand concept that was developed in New Zealand by Sheer Adventure, that is now used globally.


The new building will also host a brand new 3 storey Adventure Play structure for children under 11.  Children will be able to climb and crawl and over and through obstacles with sensory play through out, there will be a slide to take down from the top of the structure.


Images of the current stage of build show the sports hall, Gym, Squash Courts area and the main swimming pool and teaching pool that is to be fitted with a moveable floor that can be adjusted from 900mm deep to 1200mm deep depending on teaching requirements.  The pools will not be tiled until all the cladding is in place.


Places for People Leisure were awarded the 30 year Design, Build, Operate and Maintain contract in respect of  Andover Leisure Centre, Romsey Rapids, Charlton Leisure Centre, Knightwood Leisure Centre and Romsey Sports Centre by Test Valley Borough Council.. The new leisure centre which is due to be completed in spring 2019 will include a six lane 25m pool along with a 15m learner pool with moveable floor and a splash pad for helping to develop water confidence. It will also feature a state of the art 165 station fitness suite, 4 exercise studios, squash courts, sports hall and café.


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