The new Littlehampton Wave leisure centre is open!
At a ceremony on 29 March 2019, Nigel Lynn, from Arun District Council, and Joe Conway, from Wilmott Dixon, handed over the keys to Freedom Leisure’s Ivan Horsfall-Turner.
Speeches were then made before a grand tour of the £16m state-of-the-art leisure centre.
Littlehampton Wave features an eight-lane, 25-metre pool, a multi-purpose pool with moveable floor, an 85-station gym boasting the latest technology, a large functional space that can divide into two dance studios, a sports hall equipped for a host of activities and a 25-station indoor cycling studio.
As a result of consultation and taking on board the public’s ‘wish-list’, the leisure centre also features spectator seating in the main pool area, a sauna and a café.
It contains a Changing Places room which provides facilities for those who require specialist equipment, including a height-adjustable changing bench and hoist, allowing the centre to be used by people of all abilities.
Nigel Lynn, Chief Executive of Arun District Council said: “This all started as a bit of a dream in 2011. We looked at the leisure centre we had then and thought there wasn’t a lot of life left in it. We wanted to offer something better for the wellbeing of our community, and here we are today after a lot of hard work!
“This fantastic leisure centre will stand us in great stead for the future and we can’t wait to see the public enjoying all that it has to offer.”
Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director at Freedom Leisure, said: “It’s a delight to be standing in this brand new leisure centre with the doors open after many months of planning and we cannot wait to welcome everyone into this amazing facility to experience all of the activities on offer.
“Arun District Council has built a high-spec centre for its residents and as their leisure partner we cannot wait to imbed it into its community. As experienced leisure operators we have a longstanding track record of working positively with the whole community including inactive and underrepresented groups and this centre is going to provide the opportunity for us carry on this great work. We are especially excited about the brand new pool and the extended learn to swim programme on offer that will allow us to support even more children and adults to learn to swim.
“I was lucky enough to take a dip this morning and complete my 5k Swimathon swim and I can confirm the water is lovely!”
Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director at Willmott Dixon, South London, South East, said: “We are delighted to have delivered this project for Arun District Council. Littlehampton Wave is such a valuable investment that will bring the community closer together in a superb environment. We are proud of the legacy we are leaving behind on this project and cannot wait to see everyone in the community enjoying the new facilities.”
Freedom Leisure will be running a family fun open weekend on 13 and 14 April, with an open invitation to all residents and visitors in the town!
There will be a number of FREE activities and taster sessions for everybody, along with discounted swimming across the weekend, plus some special offers available – the perfect opportunity for everyone to visit the centre, check out what’s on offer and just have a good nose around the brand new facilities. For further details visit www.littlehamptonwave.co.uk