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All work and then play: work underway on the new Norfolk leisure centre

Georgina Johnston
24 Jan 2020

Cambridge based architecture practice Saunders Boston Architects designed the new centre replacing the existing ‘Splash’ facility

The start of construction of the new state-of-the-art Sheringham Leisure Centre, in Norfolk, was marked with a ceremonious ground breaking event in October. The project will include a six lane, 25m pool, a 13m learner pool with a moving floor to cater for different activities and user groups, a fitness suite, community spaces, multipurpose studios, a spin studio, and a café. Following planning permission being granted in late 2018, construction contractor, Metnor, has now started work onsite, with the new facility expected to be ready for use in the summer of 2021.

It’s always an exciting moment when building work begins onsite, especially when the end result will not only provide high quality fitness facilities, but a hub for the local community to benefit from sports and leisure. Our design for Sheringham Leisure Centre has had a community focus at its core from the outset; we’ve paid homage to the existing Splash facility through the barrel vaulted roof and took conceptual inspiration throughout our design process from the local North Norfolk coast line.

N. Swift, Director at Saunders Boston Architects.


The design incorporates a combination of water saving measures, air source heat pumps and solar hot water. Saunders Boston Architects worked alongside North Norfolk District Council, with funding from Sports England, to design a facility that is both economically and environmentally conscious.

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