Local children leave mark on Runnymede regeneration

ocal children make mark on Egham leisure centre

Construction of Egham Orbit - Egham's new leisure centre - has reached another major milestone as pupils from Manorcroft School buried a time capsule on the site to mark the completion of the building's foundations.

A group of 12 children aged 6-11 years filled the 65cm x 12cm plastic tube with photos of their school and of Egham, a school tie, a 'Letter to the Future', chocolate bar wrappers, a fidget spinner, money, a newspaper and a photo of the School Council with the current date.

Work started in September on the construction of the £19m venue, which is being built next to the existing leisure centre on Vicarage Road. The leisure centre is part of Runnymede Borough Council's investment and redevelopment programme being delivered by development and placemaking specialist Places for People. Egham leisure centre will continue to be managed by Achieve Lifestyle, the Council's leisure operator.

Due for completion in early 2019, the leisure centre will include a 25m, eight lane swimming pool with a moveable floor and spectator seating, and a 10mx10m learner pool with splash area.

The centre will also boast a four court multi-use sports hall, a 110-station fitness suite and three flexible studios and indoor cycling studio.

A two-storey health spa will house a sauna, steam room, a relaxation area, and a range of wet and dry treatment rooms.

A café will sit alongside the crèche and double height children's adventure play area.

The area outside the new centre will be landscaped and developed for enhanced community use to complement the existing 3G five-a-side football pitches. A full-size synthetic turf pitch suitable for year-round sports will be added at a later date.

The existing leisure centre will remain operational during works to allow people to continue to use the facilities.

Hazel Aitken, Chief Executive of Achieve Lifestyle

"As part of Achieve Lifestyle's partnership with Manorcroft School, we are delighted that pupils are placing a unique piece of their history into the foundations of the Egham Orbit. Its location will be marked with a plaque, which will serve as a permanent reminder of these young people's involvement in the project. In many years to come it will create an invaluable insight into our world today which will no doubt fascinate future generations."  

Rick Lawrence, Partnerships Director at Places for People

"It's great to reach this milestone in the construction. In partnership with Runnymede Borough Council we are committed to delivering a state-of-the-art leisure centre offering first class facilities for the people of Egham.  It is therefore fitting to have the next generation involved in a project which, once complete, they'll be able to enjoy for years to come."



24 January 2018