Plans announced for brand new multi-million-pound leisure venue


Tuesday, 12 March, 2019

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced it will sign a 25-year contract with Places Leisure, to design, build, operate and maintain a £22 million leisure centre in Camberley.

Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Places & Strategy, Cllr Craig Fennell said: “I am extremely pleased that Places Leisure has been awarded the contract to deliver top class leisure facilities in the Borough. I am looking forward to working with the Places Leisure team to improve opportunities for all members of the community to participate and enjoy a more active and healthier lifestyle.”

Following Arena staff and members being informed, SHBC is pleased to confirm a centre featuring a 25 metre 6-lane Pool, Learner Pool with adjustable floor, Splash Zone (interactive water confidence area), 8 Court Sports Hall, Fitness Suite, Group Exercise Studios, Adventure Play, Clip ‘n Climb (a vibrant and fun climbing experience), Health Suite and Cafe is planned, with planning permission due to be submitted.

The new £22m centre which is due to open 2021, will be built on the same site as the current Arena Leisure Centre, which will remain open until the end of Summer this year.  Surrey Heath Borough Council will be working in partnership with Places Leisure to look at redeployment opportunities for staff where possible whilst the build is underway and will support them in seeking alternative employment.

Chief Executive Karen Whelan said: “We are delighted to announce the development of a state of the art leisure facility in the Borough. Whilst the new centre is in Camberley we know that residents and visitors across the Borough will benefit.” 

As plans for the development progress Surrey Heath Borough Council will help to inform local residents of construction plans to minimise disruption for those in the immediate local area.

Tom Goodhand, Operations Director Places Leisure said: “We are pleased to have been awarded the contract for the new facility by Surrey Heath Borough Council. Together we are looking forward to working in partnership to enhance the current leisure provision and deliver a modern and sustainable new leisure centre that builds on the legacy of the Arena Leisure Centre, as it continues to provide for our community for years to come.

“We’d like to thank our loyal customers who have been with us across the years. We will be contacting all members and users of the Arena to advise of plans and alternative facilities in the area. We will also be actively working to accommodate hirers across our neighbouring facilities in Farnborough, Farnham and Wokingham where space is available. Please visit our website to keep updated or email”


Camberley Be Inspired

Surrey Heath Borough Council is committed to supporting and regenerating Camberley town centre.  SHBC’s investments have already seen the acquisition of The Square shopping centre, commencing its refurbishment programme within the first year of ownership.  This has been followed by an ambitious set of projects to improve the roads, pavements and street scene.  A redundant office building has also been purchased to create 116 high quality town centre apartments, with proposals to re-deliver new business space. 

SHBC is also currently in the process of identifying a development partner for the London Road site.  Situated fronting the London Road, opposite the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the 5.5-acre site has the potential to create a mixed-use development and improve the gateway to Camberley. 

The regeneration work is supported by a comprehensive events programme, grant schemes for independent businesses and cultural and enrichment projects to ensure Camberley is a key destination and experience.  In Camberley we are committed to reshaping and enhancing the town centre to support our community and local businesses while high street retail faces challenges nationally.