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New community leisure centre takes shape

Midhurst Community Leisure Centre- Chichester

A brand new leisure centre is currently under construction in Chichester.

The Midhurst Community Leisure Centre is a brand new facility which has been designed to provide the local community with a range of services, including squash courts, a four-court sports hall and a dance studio.

Chichester District Council is delivering the project for Midhurst in partnership with West Sussex County Council, The Trustees of The Grange Community Association and Midhurst Town Council. The Leadbitter Group is the main contractor on the project, whilst Harding Neill & Watson is the architect and Robinson Low Francis is the project manager.

Regional Director of Leadbitter’s Southern Construction and Housing Division, David Cook, said:

“Leadbitter is delighted to have the opportunity to use our extensive expertise in constructing high-quality community, leisure and sporting facilities to benefit the people of Midhurst and the surrounding area. Our experienced team is working with the Council and the design team to bring this project to fruition.”

PH Warr is the quantity surveyor on the project, Giffords and Partners Ltd is the services engineer, Ramboll Whitby Bird is the structural engineer, Cycilsweet Ltd is the CDM co-ordinator and Terra Firma Consultancy is the landscape architect.

Midhurst Community Leisure Centre will replace the Grange Centre, and once work is complete, the new centre will boast a range of services under one roof, along with extended opening hours. The building is being constructed from a combination of brick, timber and aluminium and at present the Leadbitter Group is erecting the 250ft steel frame.

Commenting on the creation of the new centre, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Eileen Lintill, said:

“The building is progressing well and it is now starting to take shape. It will give residents a clearer idea of the scale and size of the building – and how the site will develop over the coming months.”

Midhurst Community Leisure Centre- Chichester

Assistant Director for Leisure and Wellbeing at Chichester District Council, Jane Hotchkiss, added:

“The Leadbitter Group are doing everything they can to minimise disruption to local residents. Unfortunately, due to the scale of the project, there will be some disruption to car parking in The Grange car park during the construction process. However, we aim to keep this to a minimum and are currently working on a number of solutions that we hope will provide more spaces.

“We hope that people will bear with us during this time and we look forward to delivering a fantastic new facility. Once the development has been completed, there will be an additional 72 car parking spaces available – taking the total to 303 spaces.”

The new centre will include a multi-purpose four-court sports hall – designed to meet Sport England standards – two squash courts with a viewing area; a multi-purpose community hall; and a fitness room, which includes the latest fitness equipment. A health suite – including a sauna, steam room and treatment rooms – will be included, along with a dance studio, a library, community rooms and male and female changing facilities.

Additional features include a bar/café, offices and a registrar office. The building will also include space for Chichester District Council’s Customer Service team and West Sussex County Council’s help point.

Midhurst Community Leisure Centre has been designed to be very flexible, with some rooms including moveable walls to allow the facility to change size depending on activity. The centre will also cater for all the facilities previously on offer at the Grange.

Rother Valley Together, which currently oversees the day activity centre at the Grange with Age UK, has welcomed the development of the new centre.

Commenting on the project, a spokesperson for Rother Valley Together, said:

“This new building will provide a superb venue for community activity for all ages into the future. It will enable us together with AgeUK to continue to create exciting opportunities for all our members working with the new management of the community and leisure centre.”

The Midhurst Community Leisure Centre is currently scheduled to reach completion in spring 2014.

Midhurst Community Leisure Centre- Chichester


Surehoardstag is now trading into its 16th year and in this time has put up miles and miles of fencing for hundreds of satisfied contractors and customers, from the top of Scotland to the far reaches of east and south of England. In this time Surehoardstag has built a growing reputation for fair pricing and quality workmanship.

Surehoardstag specialise in the installation of permanent and temporary fencing. The company supplies and installs a large range of fencing, from wood, concrete, metal. Also pergolas, small/large decking areas, gates, sheds, patios and driveways.

Surehoardstag has worked with Leadbitter on numerous projects and is pleased to be involved in the temporary site hoarding at Midhurst Leisure Centre. Surehoardstag also completed the fencing requirements for the new swimming pool at the famous Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, which is set to the stunning backdrop of Maiden Castle. The company supplied and erected all the safety site hoarding and site entrance/exit gates and then painted it to a high quality finish.

Richard Clark, Surehoardstag, said:

“It is important for us to be involved in projects like this to keep the school children and the general public safe from the ongoing building works.

“As a company we pride ourselves on our professional approach, from the way we train our operatives to the highest level, through to the completion of a high standard of cleanliness on the completion of works, whether household or commercial.”

Austin-Divall Fabrications Ltd

Set up in 1990 by Graham Divall and Alan Austin, Austin-Divall Fabrications Ltd offer a supply and erection service for projects ranging from architectural metalwork to large structural steelwork. Austin-Divall Fabrications Ltd has an annual turnover of £5.5 million and has a varied clientele, which includes Walcon Marine, Taylor Woodrow, Bouygues, Interserve, Vinci, Carillon and Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, to name but a few.

Working on the Midhurst Community Leisure Centre project, Austin-Divall Fabrications Ltd supplied, manufactured and installed approximately 250 tonnes of structural steelwork to the site, which included 18M long cellular roof beams, galvanised canopy steelwork and primers suitable for wet environments. The company also designed, manufactured and installed a feature single storey staircase. Works to the steel frame commenced on site on 5th February and are due to be completed by mid-March ahead of programme.

Austin-Divall Fabrications Ltd Contracts Manager, Alec Wallsgrove, said:

“We are proud to have worked on a number of prestigious projects, including the Jubilee Line Extension, Brighton Stormwater project and the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

“Most of our work is repeat custom and we take great care to ensure that all our customers receive a friendly, reliable and cooperative service.”

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