Whitehill & Bordon Leisure Centre opened this week, marking the end of a £30 million project to revamp East Hampshire’s sport and leisure provision.
The new centre, which opened to the public on Thursday, features a six-lane swimming pool, a teaching pool, a fitness suite and virtual spin rooms and will be a key part of the town’s vibrant new centre.
It is the third and final part of a £30 million overhaul of the district’s sports and leisure facilities, including another brand new facility in Alton and a £3 million refurbishment of the Taro Leisure Centre in Petersfield.
In 2017 the council struck a unique deal with leisure operator Everyone Active that would see the new facilities delivered at no cost to the taxpayer. A £30 million investment from EHDC will be paid back over the lifetime of the 20-year contract.
Three years later those facilities have been delivered against a backdrop of falling financial support from the government and the coronavirus pandemic.
EHDC Leader, Cllr Richard Millard, said:
“The building of the Whitehill & Bordon Leisure Centre marks the culmination of a huge amount of work and £30 million of investment by EHDC.
“We had the vision to see that leisure services could be delivered in a new, sustainable way that would not cost the taxpayer a penny over the life of the contract.
“I am delighted to see this fantastic centre opening in Whitehill & Bordon as it also marks another step in its transformation into a green, healthy and connected town.
Cllr Andy Tree, Leader of Whitehill Town Council, said:
“Having fought for a new and larger swimming pool back in 2014, I am delighted to join with the leadership of EHDC in being part of seeing it open to the public.
“The main pool is two lanes bigger than Mill Chase, with a separate learner pool. I am very happy to welcome these better facilities for residents and personally look forward to using them with my family.”
Chris West, Contract Manager at Everyone Active, said:
“The brand new Whitehill & Bordon Leisure Centre is a welcome addition to the town and the local community will benefit greatly from all the fantastic facilities we have to offer.
“The leisure centres in East Hampshire are pivotal in providing a wide range of facilities to the community and we’re passionate about helping more people to improve their health and wellbeing by getting active. We hope to see many new and returning members visit us throughout the coming weeks.”