Sheerwater Leisure Centre

For Woking Borough Council, ThamesWey is developing the Sheerwater Regeneration project. In addition to residential units, the scheme includes community facilities, a nursery, health centre, community centre and a leisure centre which will be used by schools, local sports clubs and the community.

Pellikaan is working on the new leisure centre, which will feature a 25 metre pool and teaching pool with moveable floor, a 5-court sports hall with dividing wall, studios, and gym. The multipurpose room with bar facilities can be used as a club room by local sports clubs, or as an additional studio. The centre is built in the grounds of the Bishop David Brown School, for which a dedicated dining hall and kitchen facilities are created as well. Externally, we are creating parking, a full-size floodlit 3G football pitch with spectator seating and new grass football and rugby pitches with outdoor changing rooms.

Air source heat pumps and solar panels will provide low carbon sustainable energy. In addition, the leisure centre will be prepared for a future connection to a district heating network. Because school children will use the centre extensively, Pozzoni Architecture and Pellikaan are selecting hard wearing finishes materials to improve cleaning and maintenance of the centre.

ThamesWey Group Ltd / Woking Borough Council
Pozzoni Architects

Discharging excessive rain water

As the works are developed over a large area with minimal infiltration possibilities, excessive rain fall could present flooding problems. High ground water tables meant that we needed to carefully engineer an innovative shallow drainage system to ensure that the sports pitches can continue to be used maximally without creating issues elsewhere on site.

We designed and installed a complex drainage system with almost 2,000m3 of shallow crates below the surface, to harvest rainwater before discharging it into the existing public sewer system. That’s almost 50 fuel tanker trailers.

Gert-Jan Peeters

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