DB3 has been appointed for the roles of architects, mechanical & electrical engineers and master planners for the £24 million Kingsland Leisure Centre Scheme in Houghton Regis.
Key features include:
25m swimming pool
Flexible community space
Children’s outdoor play zone
Outdoor fitness trail and public area
The Kingsland Leisure Centre has achieved a significant milestone with the recent groundbreaking ceremony. The next step in the process is the laying of the swimming pool's foundation, which is expected to be completed within the next four weeks.
Central Bedfordshire Council has appointed Morgan Sindall Construction to build the new community and leisure centre on the Kingsland Campus.
The project is currently in a two-stage tender process and once the contract is agreed we are ready to start on-site in early 2023.
With planning permission now granted, Houghton Regis Academy will be replaced by Houstone School and the new leisure centre will be built on this cleared site. More information can be found this Luton Today article.
We were delighted with the positive feedback received from the local community about our scheme. The comprehensive collation of all the opinions gathered from the community engagement events and the two live webinars has commenced.
Over the next two months, we are carrying out a large pre-application community engagement process. As part of this, we have prepared an infographic comparing the facilities of existing and new site that also outlines the community benefits.
“One of our key priorities is providing communities with modern, top specification leisure and community facilities as we know how important they are to our health and wellbeing. This planned centre at Kingsland in Houghton Regis will offer significantly upgraded facilities for residents and complement the wider plans helping to transform the area.
Fantastic news that Central Bedfordshire Council have secured the £20 million levelling up fund bid to help with the regeneration of the Kingsland Campus. We are proud that our team’s ability to work so quickly to a very tight time scale has helped to secure this funding.
Our team has assisted the Client in their application for levelling up funding for the project. This has included the preparation of master planning drawings for the wider site.
The new site brings together residents from the current Houghton Regis housing stock with those who will eventually occupy the large planned expansion of the town. As such the new leisure centre is hugely beneficial to all and will connect the two areas via new running and cycling paths.
The master planning approach is interesting as Kingsland is a large site, which has lots of different existing activities on it including a college, two schools and an existing ageing leisure centre. Part of our proposal is to build a new secondary school on a new site and use the existing school area for the new leisure centre due to its central location.
We are delighted to be appointed by Central Bedfordshire Council to prepare a feasibility study for the Kingsland Campus. Although it is not expected that the scheme will progress beyond that stage for some time, as funding needs to be raised, this is an important stage in making a vision become a reality.
We’ll be in touch shortly.