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New Cranleigh Leisure Centre

As part of ongoing improvements to leisure and recreational facilities in the borough, we are planning a new leisure centre in Cranleigh. 

A feasibility study conducted by the council in 2021 revealed the need to update the existing facility, making it fit for purpose for the next generation of users, whilst improving leisure provision in Cranleigh.

The new build leisure facility will be designed to meet the needs of the local community, whilst delivering a low carbon building in accordance with Waverley’s carbon-neutral by 2030 strategy.

The plan is for the Leisure Centre to be built to Passivhaus standards (or equivalent) and use innovative technology to ensure energy efficiency. A Passivhaus leisure centre offers a 60-70% reduction in carbon emissions against a standard build leisure centre – good for the climate and managing long term energy costs at the Council.

Read more about Passivhaus here:

A guide to Passivhaus principles - Energy Saving Trust

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Councillor Liz Townsend Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development, said:

“A new build ultra-low energy Passivhaus leisure centre is the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the council’s commitment to become a carbon neutral council by 2030 and ensure that Waverley is financially sound with infrastructure and services fit for the future.

“It’s always a balance when investing in new buildings, but doing nothing, will in the long run cost us and the environment more. This is an exciting opportunity for the council and Cranleigh and I look forward to overseeing this project as it progresses”.  

Lead Designer

Waverley Borough Council has appointed award winning architects GT3 as Lead Designer.

GT3 Architects are now working on initial designs and concepts for the new leisure centre and carrying out surveys with current leisure centre users to understand existing and future needs.

Find out more about GT3 here:

Paul Reed, Director at GT3 Architects said:
“We are thrilled to have been chosen to deliver this project for Waverley Borough Council. We look forward to working with the council and local residents, to provide a facility that not only focuses on low carbon, but also provides lasting benefits to the health and wellbeing of the local community.

“If you have any thoughts or comments on this project and particularly the vision for the building, please get in touch with Waverley Borough Council via the project email or fill in the survey below.  

“There will also be opportunities to comment on the design at community events next year. Register at the project email if you would like to be invited”.

Giving us your thoughts on the design of Cranleigh Leisure Centre

The first phase of engagement with residents and leisure centre users took place from December 2023 to January 2024. With this survey we asked for feedback and suggestions to help inform the new design.

The results and comments are now being collated and will be used by the design team to inform the detailed design phase and help shape the new centre. These detailed designs will be shared later this year.

Councillor Liz Townsend Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development, said:

"We are delighted to have shared this survey to help us design the new leisure facility in Cranleigh. I’m excited about what this new facility can offer in terms of how it will look, how it can be a hub for community health and wellbeing and how it can benefit the residents of Cranleigh and the surrounding villages.”

Project Timeline

When designs for the new facility are ready, they will be shared with the community. After that, a planning application will be prepared and submitted, and subject to approval, construction of the new leisure centre will start.

This table shows the outline programme, which is subject to change pending planning application decision and construction contracts.

Project Stage Timings
Concept and design development 2023/24
Sharing design/ Pre-application consultation Spring 2024
Planning submission From May 2024
Planning decision Autumn 2024
Construction of new Leisure Centre From Spring 2025
New Leisure Centre opens Autumn/ Winter 2026
Demolition of exsiting Leisure Centre, external and car park works Winter 2026