On your marks, get set; go, as new leisure centre opens its doors!


littlehampton wave Arun residents will be able to enjoy the new £16m state-of-the-art Littlehampton Wave leisure centre when it officially opens for business on Friday, March 29 2019.

The new leisure centre has an eight-lane, 25 metre pool, a multi-purpose pool with moveable floor, a comprehensive 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.

New classes will include POUND; a cardio based session inspired by the energising fun of playing the drums, an extended programme of Les Mills Classes, OMNIA Group Training in the gym and Myride Cinematic Immersive Experience classes in the indoor cycling studio with both live and virtual instructors.

As a result of the consultation for the Littlehampton Wave, the public confirmed they would like a café, spectator seating in the pool area, a multi-purpose room/meeting room and a sauna in the new centre, all of which have been delivered.

In addition to the extensive list of new facilities, the Littlehampton Wave also features a Changing Places room which provides toilet and changing facilities so those who require more space and specialist equipment can change safely and in comfort. This includes a height adjustable changing bench and hoist.  

The Littlehampton Wave also has a range of accessible facilities throughout the building.

The project was delivered by construction company Willmott Dixon on behalf of Arun District Council and was completed on budget.

Philippa Dart, Director of Services at Arun District Council, said: “In 2014, Arun District Council started the project to build a new leisure centre in Littlehampton.  We listened to what the community wanted, and now we have delivered this amazing building in a stunning location. Who wouldn’t want to visit and enjoy everything that the Littlehampton Wave has to offer, set so close to the sea and in a beautiful park? 

“So, we warmly welcome everyone to come and visit the Littlehampton Wave to see for themselves everything this fantastic new centre has to offer.”

Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director Freedom Leisure, said: “We have been working closely with Arun District Council on the development of their brand new leisure facility, and are extremely excited that it is nearly ready to open!

“They’ve created an extremely high-spec centre with a huge range of facilities; meaning that there really is something for everyone. This centre features one of the best gyms in the area and a cycling studio to rival the top boutique studios in London, plus a fabulous swimming pool!

“We pride ourselves on having one of the best learn to swim programmes in the country, and are delighted that this new pool will allow us to provide many additional lessons to adults and children in Littlehampton, on top of our already high-in-demand programme.

“As experienced leisure operators we are looking forward to welcoming both local residents and visitors, and we have some really great value options for everyone.”

A time-lapse video has been created, featuring fast-forwarded footage of the creation of the Littlehampton Wave – from the first foundations being laid, to the completion of the building.

To view it, please visit

Russell Miller, Director of Delivery at Willmott Dixon, 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.”


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