Work has begun on the new White Oak Leisure Centre. This represents a major investment in the heart of the town with the £20 million scheme being our largest project in over 30 years.
Construction company ISG is building the new Centre and they have produced newletters updating the community on the works.
The modern, energy efficient, bright and open facility will take over from the current White Oak centre, which has served generations of Swanley residents well for many years.
Built in 1960s and extended in the 1970s, the current centre is coming to the end of its life and is expensive to run, uses a lot of energy and would have cost too much to repair.
The new centre will include:
- A 25 metre, six lane swimming pool with movable floor
- A learner pool
- A viewing area for both swimming pools
- A ‘Feel Good Suite’ for people who need help to exercise
- A café / seating area
- Tag Active - a game-based indoor obstacle course
- Soft play area
- Multi-purpose sports area
- Multi‐purpose rooms
- Studio spaces
- 100+ station fitness suite
- Wet and dry changing areas
- Café and viewing area
- Car parking for around 140 vehicles and a coach drop-off point
We are also working with Orchards Academy to upgrade its four-court sports hall to accommodate netball, roller hockey and other sports to support local sporting clubs that require a large hall. Funding for these improvements has been included in the new leisure centre construction costs.
The current White Oak Leisure Centre will remain open during the works.
Planning permission for the new Centre and outline permission for two and three bedroom family homes on the current site was approved in February 2020. These homes are essential to the project as they will help to fund the new Leisure Centre.
National leisure provider, Everyone Active, will manage the new Centre.
See the video about Tagactive, a game designed to test strategy, speed and agility.