Work starting on site of Chiltern Lifestyle Centre
Work on the new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre in Amersham has started, with the construction company, BAM Construction, moving onto the site to start development on Monday 18 November.
This is the beginning of an exciting project which will provide a state of the art leisure and community facility for Amersham and surrounding areas.
During the building work, Chiltern District Council and BAM Construction will ensure all activities on site are undertaken with care and consideration for surrounding neighbours, the local community and general public, and aim to minimise any potential disruption.
The site manager will be available to speak to if any residents have any questions or comments throughout the development.
The first phase of construction involves closing the Civic Centre (library) car park.
Amersham Library has already been temporarily relocated to the council offices in King George V House, opposite the site, so that residents can continue to use the library throughout the build. Opening hours are 9am - 5pm Tuesday - Thursday, 9am - 4.30pm Fridays and 10am - 4pm Saturdays.
As the development progresses the on street parking bays on King George V Road including the disabled bays outside the entrance to the Council offices will also close.
To accommodate access by disabled users to the Council offices or library, four new disabled bays are being created in KGVH car park which will be available for blue badge holders to use from Monday 18 November, with a three hour maximum stay. Blue badge holders may also park in the standard parking bays in KGVH car park.
Other members of the public who previously may have used the library car park are asked to park in the other nearby public car parks in Amersham; Chiltern Pools, Chiltern Avenue, and the multi-storey car park.
The outdoor facilities on the Chiltern Pools site are the next thing to change. A new skate park is going to be built, and following feedback from local skaters on the design, we have made some tweaks to the design to ensure it is the best possible facility to suit skaters' needs.
The outdoor gym, street snooker and table tennis will be relocated at the rear of the new centre, along with a new play area.
There will be a short period where these outdoor facilities are unavailable during winter 2019-20; colder months when they're typically less used.
The outdoor play areas closed on Monday 18 November and are due to reopen in early 2020, followed by the new skate park opening shortly afterwards.
A second outdoor play area will open at the front of the site after the new centre is built.
The intention is to reuse the newer play equipment which was provided in 2015 and replace the older equipment.
The astroturf Multi-Use Games Area was also be closed on Monday 18 November and a new indoor sports hall will be built as part of the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre, which will replace the outdoor Multi-Use Games Area.
Cllr Mike Stannard, Deputy Leader of Chiltern District Council and Cabinet Member for Support Services said: "After so many years of planning, it is fantastic that we are finally at the stage where work is starting on site.
"This is a major development, and our priority is to ensure minimal impact on residents, Chiltern Pools users and staff whilst the work takes place.
"We are trying to keep as many facilities available as possible during the work but there are inevitably going to be periods of time when some of the usual facilities are out of action. We have tried to time this to minimise inconvenience for residents, so for example the outdoor play areas will be closed during the winter months when they are less well used due to the weather.
"I am delighted that local residents have had so much input into the plans so far - from the initial public consultations we did to the local skaters giving their thoughts on the design for the new skate park this month.
"Alongside our contractors, BAM Construction, we will be keeping residents up to date with all the latest news about the development and giving as much notice as possible of any arrangements which may affect residents. For the latest information you can visit the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre website or follow CDC on Twitter or Facebook.
"This is a really exciting development which will benefit local people for generations to come and I am delighted that we are at the stage where work is about to begin."
BAM's Construction Director Mick Kelly said: "These are important changes for local people and we fully appreciate the need to go about our work considerately and respectfully. How we build has always been as important to BAM as what we build.
"We'll bring our expertise in creating leisure sector developments to this scheme that will transform the facilities for people here."
Facilities at the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will include an 8-lane swimming pool, a diving / teaching pool, children's splash pad area, sports hall, squash courts, soft play, climbing wall, library, café, exercise studios (fitness, hot yoga and spinning), gym, spa, community centre and more.
At the same time, we will be investing significantly in the Chalfont St Peter and Chesham leisure centres improving the range of facilities and services available.