2016 Update – What have we been doing?


Strategic Leisure have been appointed to undertake a very wide range of projects in the last 9 months, which has been keeping us very busy.

  • Working with partners 4 global, SLL is developing Indoor Facility Strategies and Playing Pitch Strategies (PPS) for Horsham DC, Orkney Islands Council and Stratford on Avon DC.
  • We are also working with 4g on PPS for the LB Newham, and Tunbridge Wells DC.
  • As a wider partnership, SLL, 4g and SES are developing Indoor Facility Strategies, PPS and Open Space strategies for Sth Bucks DC, Chiltern DC, Hambleton DC, Thanet DC, and Sevenoaks DC.
  • A similar study is being undertaken for Hackney Council, in partnership with the Land Use Consultancy and 4g.
  • SLL, 4g, SES and Nortoft consultants have been appointed to undertake a wide-ranging leisure review on behalf of North Warwickshire BC.
  • SLL and 4g have also been appointed to develop a Leisure Strategy for the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

In addition to strategic planning work, SLL has been appointed to undertake the following studies:

  • Shropshire Council – Phase 2 work on the Quarry Pool and Fitness Centre
  • Shepway DC – Feasibility Study for a new Holiday Village development
  • University of Sheffield – Feasibility Study for new sports and leisure facilities
  • University of Cambridge– Feasibility Study for new swimming provision
  • Active Luton – review and development of Insight work on swimming, to support application for pilot scheme funding; SLL has been retained to undertake some more details swimming –related work, following successful completion of the initial work.
  • Stafford Council – review of business plan for the new Stone Leisure Centre, and development of revised revenue estimates to support the business case underpinning the scheme.
  • Cricklade TC – review of proposal to asset transfer a leisure centre to the Town Council. Identification of all risks associated with the proposed transfer.
  • Settle Swimming Pool – following development of a strategy and action plan for the charity operating the pool, SLL has been retained to provide further support and guidance in developing operational documents, and to undertake an options analysis for redevelopment of the swimming pool.
  • Mid Ulster District Council– review of the existing contract with Pulse, and assessment of the options open to the Council in terms of this arrangement, taking into account the Council’s stated aim of reviewing the overall service to ensure it is fit for purpose moving forward.
  • Brentwood DC – value for money review of the overall service, and specifically the operation of the Brentwood Leisure Centre, play areas, community halls and a golf course, to identify the most economic way forward in terms of service delivery.
  • AECOM – development of a needs assessment or two parks in NI.
  • Rother DC – review of coastal re-developments of iconic buildings, to secure a change of use e.g. café, restaurant, gallery etc, and bring the building back into use
  • ECB – development of a London-wide cricket pitch strategy
  • ArchitectsPLB – provision of advice on facility design and development, plus revenue modelling, for a University client.
  • Ards and North Down – managing the consultation process for strategy development
  • Gravesham DC – two separate business planning studies, to review, check and challenge FPM data

It has been interesting and rewarding to see the new Hart Leisure Centre take shape this year – this new £23m facility is due to open early in 2017.

Similarly, it was a pleasure to attend the official opening of the new Wyre Forest Leisure Centre recently. SLL worked with Wyre Forest District Council officers to develop operational specification for the new facility, managed the procurement process to appoint a DBOM partner, and assisted with the Strategic Investment Fund application.

The first DBOM in the UK to be awarded a Sport England Strategic Investment Fund award (£2m), the new £10m leisure centre has been operating since the summer of 2016. The initial few months have seen significant take up of memberships, high participation levels and very positive feedback from local users.