Wates completes £33m leisure centre in Maidenhead

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Braywick Park

Braywick is the latest completion for Wates in the leisure sector, the £33m facility was built to replace the Magnet Leisure Centre

The new Braywick Park features a 10-lane swimming pool, larger training and splash pools, a 200-station gym, four squash courts, sports hall, café, all-weather football pitch and 240 car parking spaces.

Wates worked with architect Burke Richards and engineering consultants Hoare Lee to meet this target, with rainwater collected, stored and redirected to flush waste systems, LED lighting used throughout, and extra insulation deployed to reduce heating requirements.

A collaborative culture was established from the very beginning between all partners, particularly with regard to the complex building services needed for plumbing and heating a large leisure build.

Community engagement was sought at every opportunity and, as well as investing £13k into supporting social enterprises, tree planting and gardening events, several initiatives to educate and inspire were delivered.

The project team arranged several site visits, networking events and assemblies for local schools as well as 13 work experience placements for students.

Supporting healthy, sustainable communities

Alec Jackman, business unit director at Wates, said: “Regenerating leisure hubs like this is essential to supporting healthy, sustainable communities, and every part of the Braywick Park site has been designed with the people who’ll be using it in mind.

“We hope it will become a real cornerstone of community in Maidenhead, leaving a lasting legacy for years to come.

“We are currently working on several Scape projects across the country, and we hope this project will be held up as an example of how supportive this procurement framework can be.

“By working in close partnership with the council, our delivery partners, a local supply chain and the wider community, we could overcome any obstacles easily, and I’d like to thank everyone who worked on this landmark project and made it such a success.”

Councillor Sayonara Luxton, mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, said: “I am looking forward to accepting the keys to the building and seeing the transformation of the site.

“I am sure many residents will be looking forward to using this fantastic facility in the future and the many wonderful community spaces within the building.”

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