Construction update - September 2020

An update on Places Leisure Camberley

On Friday 18 September 2020 Councillor Alan McClafferty, Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council visited the new Leisure Centre for Camberley, together with members of the project team. The centre, which will be operated by Places Leisure, is currently under construction and due to open in Summer 2021.

The building is being constructed on the former Arena Leisure centre site. The building frame and exterior shell is now complete, and much of the glazing has now been installed. Inside, the main swimming pool and learner pool containers have now been installed and the eight court sports hall, changing rooms, health suite, cafe and gym space are also in place.

Councillor Alan McClafferty said;

“This is a very impressive building and once complete will provide our community with a wonderful new leisure facility to enjoy with their family and friends. I am really pleased with the quality of the build and the amount of facilities it will provide and very much looking forward to when it opens next year.”

Places Leisure were awarded the 25-year design, build, operate and maintain contract for the new centre, along with their construction partners Pellikaan and architects Roberts Limbrick in 2019.

Martin Anderson, Capital Projects Director commented, “We are extremely excited as we take a step closer to opening what will be a fantastic new hub for the local community. The venue once opened will provide Camberley with a brand new leisure destination that offers a range of exciting new features and activities.

“Together with the Council and our partners we are looking forward to showcasing all that it has to offer as we work towards our social mission of creating more active places and healthy people.”

The £22 million centre will feature a fitness Suite, 25 metre 6-lane pool, learner pool with adjustable floor, splash zone (interactive water confidence area), 8 court sports hall, group exercise studios, health suite, a vibrant Clip 'n Climb climbing arena and a Costa Coffee Café. A fun purpose-built adventure play area will also be available for families to enjoy.

Please click on the images below to enlarge them.

Councillor Alan McClafferty outside the build

Outside the new building

The new pool areas

The new ‘Clip and Climb’ area

The new sports hall

Artist’s impression of the completed centre

Camberley Be Inspired

Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley.  SHBC’s investments have already seen the acquisition of The Square shopping centre, commencing its refurbishment programme within the first year of ownership.  Followed by an ambitious set of projects to improve the roads, pavements and street scene.  A redundant office building has also been purchased to create 116 high quality town centre apartments, with proposals to re-deliver new commercial space.   

Kier Property have been selected by SHBC as development partner for the London Road site.  Situated fronting the London Road, opposite the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the 5.5-acre site has the potential to create a mixed-use development and improve the gateway to Camberley.  

SHBC has signed a 25-year contract with Places Leisure to design, build and operate a new £22 million leisure centre. The new centre will feature new swimming pools, sport courts, fitness facilities and a café.  The new centre is now in construction and is due to open in 2021.

The regeneration work is supported by a comprehensive events programme, grant schemes for independent businesses and cultural and enrichment projects to ensure Camberley is a key destination and experience.  In Camberley we are committed to reshaping and enhancing the town centre to support our community and local businesses while high street retail faces challenges nationally. Find out more at