Published Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Children from Epsom Downs Primary School kick-started the filling of the swimming pool at the Tadworth Leisure and Community Centre, as the £10.5 million project nears completion.

The 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool and teaching pool will take almost three days to fill. When filled, the main pool will hold over 500 cubic metres of water – that’s the equivalent to almost 3,670 bath tubs!

Cllr Broad and local children at Tadworth Leisure centre pool filling

It will take a further two days to purify the water and six days to get up to the temperature required for swimming. The water is being filtered using UV light in addition to standard filtration, meaning that it will use half the amount of chlorine than usually required for a pool of its size.

The new centre on Preston Manor Road, off Merland Rise, is set to open in late September.

Cllr Victor Broad, said: “We are pleased that the children from Epsom Downs Primary School could help us mark this important milestone in the construction of their new leisure centre, particularly as they’ve shown a keen interest in the project throughout. They children really enjoyed it and their involvement in filling the pool is something that they will be able to look back on in years to come.”

Cllr Ross Mill, Executive Member for Leisure and Wellbeing, said “Construction of the new centre is almost complete and we are hoping that to be able to open the doors in late September. It will vastly improve sport and leisure opportunities for local people. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from residents and sports clubs, who are already really looking forward to being able to use it for the first time.”

As well as two pools, the new Tadworth Leisure and Community Centre will provide:

  • a state-of-the-art gym with 60 exercise stations
  • a dance and exercise studio
  •  a four-court sports hall
  •  four five-a-side football pitches
  •  space for community activities
  •  café
  •  crèche
  •  wet and dry changing rooms.

A new youth centre to replace the Phoenix Centre will adjoin it.

More information

For more information visit the Preston regeneration page.