Development of the Leisure Management Contract

14th June 2018

Three Rivers District Council and Sports and Leisure Management (SLM) signed a contract for the Design, Build, Operate and Maintain (DBOM) and Leisure Management Contract with a service commencement date of 1 July 2018. 

The Contract covers William Penn Leisure Centre, Rickmansworth Golf Course, The Centre (South Oxhey Leisure Centre) and Sir James Altham Pool and it includes a number of improvements and developments to the venues. 

The development to The Centre includes a brand new 25 metre swimming pool, learner pool and an enlarged fitness suite. The works are scheduled to start in February 2019 and it is the intention for Sir James Altham Pool to remain open until the improvement works at The Centre have been completed. 

Rickmansworth Golf Course will benefit from a make-over to the internal parts of the building in January 2019. 

William Penn is due to receive improvements which will commence in July 2018 starting with the current outdated external multi-use games area turning into a 3G third generation surfaced pitch which will be marked to play both five a-side and seven a-side football and netball. The new 3G surfacing can also be used for touch rugby and hockey. 

The gym will benefit from a fresher look with improved state of the art fitness equipment. 

Under the present plans the works on the existing indoor courts would be due to start in September 2018. Two of the current sports courts would be used to accommodate a new and improved offering for children with a soft play area being built over three levels. The crèche will be relocated and housed within the soft play area. The popular café area would be extended and allow for an area to host children’s parties. 

A beginner level clip and climb experience will also be installed as part of the development. This can be used by all ages and will bring a new demographic of users into the leisure venue as well as offering something new for the Mill End Youth project teenagers to try. 

The other two courts will continue to accommodate the range of sports that you will currently see being played on the courts, including, but not limited to, racquet sports, junior football, fitness classes, taekwondo and half-court netball. 

The Council is aware of a number of concerns that have been expressed about the changes to the sports hall at William Penn. All options are currently being explored to ensure that the leisure provisions that our residents currently enjoy can still be offered in the District. 

Three Rivers District Council continues to be committed to investing, delivering and developing its facilities to allow for modern and traditional sports to be played and available for all of our residents.