St Albans City and District Council is now developing detailed designs for an integrated £18m leisure centre and adjacent arts facility ready for a planning application this October.

In response to stakeholder feedback the designs aim to provide;

Leisure Centre

  • Increased swimming capacity and space for spectators with a larger learner pool, including a movable floor, and 100 spectator seats alongside the main and learner pools.
  • A sports hall with space for five badminton courts.
  • A larger changing village with more lockers.
  • A larger park-facing gym with 160 stations, compared to the current 64, and three studios.
  • A steam room and sauna.
  • A crèche with an outside area.
  • A café that can be accessed by park-only users as well as visitors to the leisure centre.

Arts centre

  • A theatre for more than 500 people with partly retractable seating to provide for greater flexibility.

 

    • Three multi-purpose function rooms.
    • A performance space.
  • A cultural and heritage exhibition space.

 

    • Two bars and refreshment area.
  • A ramped entrance with views of the park.

Additional parking is also being planned.

More information about the planned redevelopment of leisure, arts and cultural facilities for Harpenden is available online.