Grange Paddocks and Hartham

East Herts Council is investing £32m to improve its leisure centres in Hertford and Bishop's Stortford.

About the redevelopment

The plans involve two major investments in the leisure centres in Bishop's Stortford and Hertford:

  • New build of Grange Paddocks
  • Extension and redevelopment of Hartham Leisure Centre

In July 2017, Full Council approved capital funding of circa £32 million for the redevelopment at Grange Paddocks and Hartham.

These projects aim to support the Council's vision for leisure across East Herts by providing attractive facilities available to the whole community and contributing fully to the health and wellbeing objectives of the Council.

Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre

The new build at Grange Paddocks aims to facilitate the Council's vision for leisure across East Herts through the build of a new centre on the same site, to the South of the existing leisure centre. The existing centre will be demolished on completion of the new build. The proposed new build scheme also includes external works such as the relocation of existing pitches, creation of a new 3G pitch, new hard and soft landscaping and external seating areas.

This exciting new build aims to provide the following facilities:

Dry side

  • Reception/foyer area
  • Servery
  • Café & seating area
  • Multi-purpose room
  • 2 studios
  • Fitness suite for approximately 130 stations
  • Self-contained football changing facilities
  • Dry changing facilities

Wet side

  • 25m 8 lane competition main pool
  • Teaching pool with moveable floor
  • Confidence pool interactive water play features
  • Village change facilities for pool customers
  • Spectator seating for 200+ seats

A planning application has been submitted to East Herts Planning Service for Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre. To see the plans online, please see our planning pages

The 3G pitch planning application will be submitted in autumn 2019.

Prior to submitting the planning applications, there was an opportunity to engage with the public and local communities.

The community were able to provide feedback on the proposals for two weeks between 12th June to 25th June 2019 where the plans were available. The feedback is being reviewed and the plans are being finalised for a planning submission. As part of the planning process there will be a public consultation, and you will be able to comment on the plans and the scheme again.

Hartham Leisure Centre

In parallel to the new build development at Grange Paddocks, there is also the extension and refurbishment of Hartham Leisure Centre. This aims to enhance the existing facilities at Hartham, as well as provide additional leisure activities to the local community. The new extension is proposed on the footprint of the existing reception area in order to minimise the visual and ecological impact of the new building.

Key elements of the plans for the site will include:

Dry side

  • Reception/foyer
  • Café & seating area
  • Soft play area
  • 3 studios
  • Refurbished and new dry changing facilities
  • Fitness suite for approximately 130 stations

Wet side

  • Refurbishment of pool and surrounds
  • Improvements to village change facilities for pool customers

A planning application has been submitted to East Herts Planning Service for Hartham Leisure Centre. The plans can be viewed online and the application is open for public consultation through the planning portal.

Prior to submitting the planning applications, there was an opportunity to engage with the public and local communities.

The community were able to provide feedback on the proposals for two weeks between 25th June to 9th July 2019 where the plans were available. The feedback is being reviewed and the plans are being finalised for a planning submission. As part of the planning process there will be a public consultation, and you will be able to comment on the plans and the scheme again.

About the Contractor

The Council has procured a Contractor to deliver the design and build of the leisure centres, and this has been awarded to Willmott Dixon Construction through the Procurement Hub Major Projects Framework. Wilmott Dixon have procured a project team to support them in the delivery project, which includes:

  • Architect - Saunders Boston Limited
  • Planning - Consultant - Stride Treglown

Wilmott Dixon has a wide experience of delivering leisure based projects. More information can be found on the Wilmott Dixon website.

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