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Wealden Leisure

Projects, Wealden

Wealden District Council appointed Clarkson Alliance to manage a major capital refurbishment programme of four of its leisure centres, working in partnership with Freedom Leisure (a not-for-profit leisure trust).

Clarkson Alliance was chosen to project and cost manage the project as well as taking ownership of the pre-planning consultation strategy. We have worked with independent leisure trust operators on a plethora of projects for local authorities who are restricted by decreasing budgets. We knew that the capital investment proposal for Wealden leisure centres needed to deliver increased revenue to existing facilities through better membership rates across all the centres with higher quality, easily accessible sites. Additionally, improvements in sustainability such as reduced energy and water consumption and reduced planned maintenance costs were critical elements.

Our extensive experience of this type of leisure project meant that we also needed to be entirely focused on health and safety during the project as the sites remained operational throughout. With the delivery of outstanding new facilities and much improved environments overall, yearly membership targets were beaten in the first half of the year after project completion.

Services Provided

Clarkson Alliance provided design, project management and cost management services.

Value £7m

Client Wealden District Council

Contract NEC Option A

As part of our overall commitment to the Wealden community, it’s our responsibility to continually provide better facilities and promote a healthier lifestyle. With this substantial investment in our leisure centres, everything they offer will become more widely accessible, with better quality facilities that are affordable to everyone.

Cllr Claire Dowling

Portfolio Holder for Community and the Voluntary Sector, Wealden District Council

Encouraging people to enjoy their leisure time is a key driver to our work. The Wealden Leisure Centres project had a focused objective to bring quality and affordability for all. Both Freedom and Clarkson Alliance know the importance of making this happen on time and within budget whilst maintaining fully operational facilities during refurbishment.

Ivan Horsfall-Turner

Managing Director, Freedom Leisure

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