Latest update: Plans for new family-friendly sports centre in Rainham take a step forward

We have reached an exciting milestone in our plans to build a new modern-family-friendly sports centre in Rainham.

Work has begun to demolish the former Splashes Sports Centre in Bloors Lane to make way for the new centre. It will include a leisure pool with a range of features suitable for children and families of all ages. The pool will also be large enough to hold swimming lessons.

Plans also include:

  • a gym, and exercise studio and party room
  • improved changing facilities
  • a café for sports centre customers and for visitors to the adjoining park.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Councill’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “The demolition of Splashes Sports Centre is a landmark moment in the development of a new family-friendly centre and I am pleased that work has begun.

“We are committed to building a new centre and we’re continuing to work with architects SPACE & PLACE, who specialise in leisure swimming pools, on detailed designs for the new centre which will provide high-quality facilities for Medway’s families to enjoy. The new centre supports our aspiration to become a child-friendly city and I am looking forward to seeing the plans progress.”

Works to demolish Splashes Sports Centre are due to be completed in February 2022. Plans for new centre are progressing and we plan to hold a public exhibition in Rainham to give residents the chance to see the plans for the new centre, later in 2022.

Previous update: Architect appointed for a new modern family-friendly sports centre

We have appointed an architect to work on exciting plans to create a new family-friendly sports centre in Rainham.

We have appointed SPACE & PLACE who will work on detailed designs for the new centre. The centre will offer fun family-friendly activities which complement the sessions delivered at Medway’s other sports centres.

The new Rainham centre plans will include:

  • a leisure pool with a range of features for children and families
  • a pool large enough to allow formal swimming and hold swimming lessons
  • a gym and exercise studio and party room
  • improved changing facilities
  • a café for sports centre customers and visitors.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased that we have appointed the architects SPACE & PLACE. This is the first exciting step in developing a new sports centre in Rainham. The new centre will have high-quality facilities for Medway’s families to enjoy including a leisure pool with features for children of all ages to enjoy as well as a gym and a new café. The new centre supports our aspiration to become a child-friendly city, putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do. I am looking forward to seeing the plans progress.”

Keith Ashton, CEO of Sports and Leisure and SPACE & PLACE, said: “We are delighted to have won the tender to work with Medway Council. We are looking forward to being part of the team to replace the existing Splashes centre, and to design and deliver a fabulous new family focused sport and leisure facility, for the people of Rainham and the wider Medway community.”