Littlehampton Wave


Latest news


December 2019

An AccessAble access guide is available for Littlehampton Wave.


March 2019

The Littlehampton Wave is officially OPEN! You can view the Freedom Leisure website here.


The Littlehampton Wave will officially open on 29 March 2019!  You can read our full press release here.

Keep your eyes peeled: the time lapse footage will be posted here very soon!

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February 2019

We are working with Willmott Dixon and Freedom Leisure to build your new Littlehampton Wave leisure centre. Work is currently being done to the lower car park as part of the project. There will be some disruption until the end of February and we apologise for any inconvenience during this time. The contractor will open up areas of the car park where possible and additional parking has been made available in the bays on both sides of Sea Road for Freedom Leisure customers who display their blue car park pass. The attached plan highlights areas available for parking. Please click the plan to view in full size.

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The sign is up and looking fantastic! Click the photo to view in full size.



January 2019

Please see below the latest pictures of the pool, which is currently being filled, and the sauna, now almost fully installed. Click the photos to enlarge.

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The dance bar and mirrors are being installed in the dance studio. We think the view over Mewsbrooks Park and the Rustington Convalescent Home are pretty nice too.  Click photos to view in full size.

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The Changing Village is coming along nicely, please see the photo below. You can click it to view the photo in full size.



A 360 view of the new Sports Hall at from the spectator platform has been posted on our Facebook page.


The pool filling process has begun! Take a look at our interactive 360 pictures!


We have posted a sneak peak of the swimming pool on our Facebook page - check out the 360 image here!


November 2018

November update of the progress at the Littlehampton Wave.


September 2018

Please see below a video showing the latest update how the build is progressing


August 2018

Drone photos of the new centre kindly taken by David Parker -

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July 2018

The Topping Out Ceremony was held this month

Please see latest progress pictures (click to enlarge)

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May 2018

Please see below video and photos (click to enlarge) of the latest progress.

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March 2018

Why not come and visit us at our Littlehampton Leisure Centre site for a day out fit for the whole family!
This is an opportunity to walk round a live construction site where you will be able to see behind the scenes
of your new modern leisure centre as it progresses.

Saturday 24 March 2018 - 10am, 11am and 12pm tours

Littlehampton OD Flyer.pdf [pdf] 2MB

January 2018

The framework for the new centre is starting to go up!


December 2017

Please follow the link to access Willmott Dixon Construction’s time lapse camera enabling you to get live pictures from the construction site of the new Littlehampton leisure centre.


November 2017

Concreting taking place to make the foundations (click photo to enlarge).

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Please see the below video for the latest progress:

October 2017

Progress is really coming along!! Foundations are going in and the main pool excavation has started!

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trial holes Southern Water will be on site this week (likely start date of Wednesday 4th October) to undertake trial holes ahead of diverting a sewer pipe later in the year.  The attached site plan shows the location of the two trial holes for your information (one in Mewsbrook Park and the other on the redundant blue badge spaces in the lower car park of the current leisure centre).  The anticipated time frame for these works is 3 days for the car park and two days for the park.  Southern Water will ensure that the trial hole areas are safe and will have barriers around at all times.  We would like to apologies in advance for any inconvenience that is caused.

September 2017

panel Viewing panels have been put into the Mewsbrook Park side of the hoardings. Perfect for a sneaky peak!



The official start of the construction phase on the new Littlehampton leisure was marked with a Breaking Ground ceremony on Thursday 7 September. View full press release here.


August 2017

The site set up has been progressing well with the following works taking place:

  • Site hoarding and tree protection have been erected.
  • The dome has been demolished (including removal of the concrete base).
  • The piling mat has been constructed (ground preparation for the building foundations).
  • Haul road to the site has been laid.

The above works have prepared the site for the construction phase of the project which is scheduled to start in early September and will be carried out by Willmott Dixon Construction

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Please see below a time lapse video showing progress of the demolition work of the dome so far:


July 2017

It has been confirmed that the works to remove the dome’s concrete base will start on Monday 26th July 2017


Demolition of the dome is currently ahead of schedule and it is anticipated that work will start on removing the concrete base next Tuesday/Wednesday.  Please visit our dedicated Facebook page new Littlehampton Leisure Centre to view a video of the works so far!  


After 28 years the dome is now being demolished!

Hoarding is being erected around the site of the new leisure centre to allow for the site set up to take place in preparation for the main construction works.  Whilst these works take place it unfortunately means that there will be no access to Mewsbrook park from the lower car park at the leisure centre.  Access will be via Hendon avenue.  We would like to apologies  for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Preparations are taking place for the demolition of the dome which starts on Monday 10th July! The asbestos is currently being removed. Please click image to enlarge


June 2017

Enabling works (construction site preparation)

From Monday 26 June contractors will be entering the site set up phase of the project.  The works are estimated to last 9 weeks and will include the following:

  • Erection of site hoarding and tree protection.
  • Demolition of the dome.
  • Construction of piling mat (ground preparation for the building foundations).

It is anticipated that demolition of the Sports Dome will be carried out week beginning Monday 10 July and will take about 5 weeks to complete.  Part of the demolition includes breaking up the concrete slab and it is inevitable that there will be some noise and vibration during this time.

The contractors, John Peck Construction, are part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and will be working hard to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum. 

It is possible that dates may change due to the nature of the works and any variations will be communicated via this page.

Please see the attached plan for the site set up (click to enlarge)


Please view the attached FAQs-Enabling Works [docx] 24KB


Key project milestones

Enabling works
•Demolition of sports Dome: June - August 2017
•Site Preparation: June - August 2017
•Erection of site hoarding and tree protection: June - August 2017

Main works
•Commencement of main construction contract: September 2017
•Piling Complete: Autumn 2017
•Foundations Complete: Spring 2018
•Frame complete & building water tight: Summer 2018
•Fit out complete, testing and commissioning Completion: Autumn 2018
•Completion: Spring 2019


Update on current project works

  • The first phase of the Arun Youth Aqua Centre relocation was successfully completed with further works due in the coming weeks.
  • The archaeological test pits did not reveal any finds of historical importance.
  • The Sports Dome has now closed and all relevant health & safety checks have been carried out in preparation for its demolition. 

Please see attached pictures (click to enlarge)

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May 2017

Archaeological trenches and site work trial pits will commence today (25 May) on the proposed location of the new leisure centre and are expected to be completed by Tuesday 30th May .  Appropriate fencing will be put in place to ensure the public are protected from the works and trenches.


April 2017

Great new 3D images of the proposed Littlehampton Leisure Centre (click thumbnails to enlarge), and a video flyover view.

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Indicative Key Project Dates
April 26th 2017 Work starts to relocate the boundary fence of the Arun Youth Aqua Centre adjacent to Hendon Avenue
April / May 2017 Archaeological test pits to be dug in the overflow car park (to the west of the sports dome)
May 2017 Site set up and construction preparation works - estimated 9 weeks duration, to include demolition of the sports dome. More information regarding the site set up will be added in the coming weeks.
September 2017 Main construction of new leisure centre starts
April 2019 New leisure centre opens to the public

March 2017

The Sports Dome will close as of 1st April 2017. But the Swimming Pools and Gym at Littlehampton remain OPEN to customers. Please contact Freedom Leisure on 01903 725451 to find out where the Dome classes and activities have been relocated to.


March 2017

An application for non-material amendments to the leisure centre has been submitted to Planning. It is expected to be considered by Development Control on 29th March. The application documents can be viewed by clicking on the following link and entering the application reference: LU/52/17/NMA.


February 2017

Tree work has now commenced at the site of the new leisure centre. Photos can be seen below.  Please click the images to open full size.



February 2017


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Arun District Council’s Development Control Committee considered the leisure centre planning application at their meeting on 4th January 2017.  Members agreed unanimously with the recommendation and approved the application.  Following approval further information will need to be provided to discharge a number of conditions prior to construction work commencing.  

Planning application documents can be viewed by visiting the planning application page and entering the reference number LU/314/16/PL

The project team are continuing to work through the design phase of the project and this web page will be updated regularly as the project progresses.

Further information regarding the Development Control Committee along with agendas and minutes from the meetings can be found here  

Further information

Agreed Facility Mix and Visuals.pdf [pdf] 626KB

Frequently Asked Questions.docx [docx] 22KB

Littlehampton Leisure Centre Proposals Survey Report.pdf [pdf] 880KB


This page will be updated throughout the project as the work progresses.  Please make sure you also follow us on Twitter to stay up to date.