White Oak Leisure Centre
Client: Sevenoaks District Council
Operator: Everyone Active
Partners: ISG, Saunders Boston, Technogym, Shapemaster, TAGactive, UK Leisure Framework
Open Date: 12th February 2022
This two-year project to deliver a brand new, modern leisure centre that meets the modern needs of its diverse community was managed by Alliance Leisure and delivered with ISG as construction partner. The development was procured by Sevenoaks District Council through the UK Leisure Framework, owned and managed by Denbighshire Leisure.
Described by the Leader of the Council as a ‘historic investment’, the new centre replaces an inefficient centre of the same name built in the 1060s and creates an activity hub that meet the hugely diverse needs of modern society.
Wet side, the development incorporates two pools – a 25 metre, six lane pool with an adjustable height floor plus a learner pool – ideal for hosting the centre’s full programme of children’s swimming lessons. Both pools are supported by a family changing village.
In addition there is a 100 station gym, with mainly Technogym equipment a modern group cycling studio, two large Group Exercise Studios and a multi-purpose sports hall for a wide range of activities and clubs.
For families and young people, a dedicated soft play area entertains the younger ages whilst TAGActive, a challenging gamified obstacle course develops strategic thinking, speed, agility, balance and spatial awareness.
There is also a dedicated Feel Good Suite featuring power-assisted equipment for people with limited mobility, the elderly and those managing long-term conditions.
The centre offers a modern café to serve all the activity areas along with fantastic viewing areas to the pools. The whole centre is built to accommodate everyone, including those with mobility issues. The swimming areas include two ‘Pool Pods’ to aid accessibility and two lifts provide access between floors, and the centre boasts changing places toilets.
The centre officially opened to the public on Saturday, February 12, 2022 and will be managed by Everyone Active.