Media release - issued 11 Jun 2021

Demolition work to pave the way for a brand-new leisure and civic hub in Farnborough

Rushmoor Borough Council has approved the release of £1.1 million of funding so that it can move ahead with ambitious plans to build a new leisure and civic hub in Farnborough town centre.

On Tuesday 8 June, members of Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet agreed that the demolition of the old leisure centre and site clearance work could go ahead.

Councillor Martin Tennant, Cabinet Member for Major Projects and Property at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "We can't wait to bring our residents a brand-new leisure centre and progressing the demolition work straight away means that we can move ahead with our exciting redevelopment plans as soon as possible."

A new leisure centre and swimming pool will sit at the heart of a new Civic Quarter in Farnborough, an area to the south of the town centre currently home to the library, offices, a skate park, the former Elles Hall and police station sites, Farnborough Leisure Centre, car parks and open space.

Councillor Tennant added: "Despite the pandemic, the council's commitment to the regeneration of our town centres is as strong as ever.

"Feasibility work is currently under way for the delivery of the new leisure centre as well as opportunities to relocate the council offices within the Civic Quarter and all these ideas will be explored and shared with the public as part of a wider public consultation later this year."

Members of the Cabinet also confirmed the appointment of Willmott Dixon Construction Limited to carry out the initial demolition and site clearance, as well as associated site investigation work, which will inform costs for the development of the new leisure and civic building and help the council develop a business case for the major project.

Funding for this work will come from the council's capital programme.

The Cabinet heard that following a request from a local resident, the council has been exploring whether it might be possible to save the mosaic murals, currently a feature of the old building. The Cabinet committed to exploring the options for preserving the mosaics and agreed that further work will be carried out.


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