Basingstoke Leisure Park is a popular destination, providing a wide range of leisure and health activities for people living in the borough and beyond to enjoy.
Basingstoke Leisure Park facilities were developed in the 1980s and 1990s and are in need of investment. They need to be updated for the 21st century to meet the needs of the borough’s community and reflect the changing trends in leisure.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is considering the most appropriate options in a post-COVID world to provide facilities for residents and visitors. We are looking at the most viable and sustainable proposals for the future of the park and how they can be funded.
The well-used Aquadrome is a council facility, which is managed by Basingstoke and Deane Community Leisure Trust and run by Serco. The council is considering replacing or upgrading it, so it remains a popular facility for future generations to enjoy, and how this can be funded.
After looking at gaps in what is currently provided and wider trends, options for proposed improvements for the Aquadrome are being considered.
Although the leisure park itself belongs to the borough council, most of the buildings there are owned on long leases by the operators or their landlords. They will have an opportunity to input their own ideas for investing in new or improved facilities.
The redevelopment plans need to look at how the future leisure park would work together with the emerging plans for Basingstoke town centre, that could see an increased leisure offer there, and other proposals to link up leisure facilities, open spaces and heritage attractions in the area.
The possible introduction of alternative uses will support the cost of improving the Aquadrome and the environment of the park.
To develop a master plan for the leisure park, the council has assembled a team of urban designers and architects, leisure specialists and property consultants.
It is expected that the new proposals for the leisure park will be delivered in an organic, gradual and phased approach over a number of years.
To develop a master plan for the site, the council’s team of experts is already talking to the site’s existing leisure operators and leaseholders to understand their vision for the future of their facilities and how the master plan can complement that. The council is investing in the Aquadrome, as its own facility. Enhancing the public spaces at the leisure park and encouraging operators to improve on their own offers will benefit residents and visitors.
Gathering views from local residents, existing users and other interest groups, the council is now exploring options to improve the Aquadrome and leisure park to make sure it remains a popular facility for future generations to enjoy.
Below is the indicative timeline of the next steps. These are subject to change.
- Initial engagement with local residents and stakeholders – 16 February to 20 March 2022
- Preparation of a draft master plan – March to June 2022
- Second public engagement – summer 2022
- Preparation and publication of final master plan responding to feedback – summer 2022