Time to Have Your Say on the Proposed New Houghton Regis Leisure Centre

Consultation opened: Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Consultation closes: Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Central Bedfordshire Council is asking residents to look through detailed information on a new community facility at Kingsland, Parkside, Houghton Regis and to provide their opinions by answering questions and leaving comments on an online feedback form. Residents can also make suggestions for a name for the new facility.

A consultation and engagement event will take place on:

Saturday 29th January between 11 am and 4 pm in Bedford Square close to the community library.

The event will allow residents to meet members of the project team, look at the plans, ask questions and provide feedback.

Given the ongoing pandemic, the event will be in the concourse to enable better ventilation and will observe the latest COVID-19 guidance. People planning to visit are kindly asked to take a lateral flow test beforehand and not to attend if they have any symptoms. Face masks should be worn and social distancing arrangements will be observed where possible.

Further ongoing community engagement will follow to keep residents informed about the plans and progress.


Two live online webinars are also planned where people can hear from the project team and ask questions from the comfort of their homes. These will take place on:

Thursday, 27th January from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
Monday, 31st January from 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm
To sign up for a webinar, email kingslandcentre@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk
Further information on how to attend these webinars is available here

Subject to planning approval, the construction of the new community and leisure centre will start later in 2022 once Houghton Regis Academy, the proposed site, is closed at the end of the summer school term. The new Houstone school is due to open in autumn 2022.

The leisure and community building will open in 2024 to meet the timeframes and funding criteria set by the government.

The new facility will replace the old Houghton Regis Leisure Centre. However, to ensure continuous leisure provision is available for residents, the existing centre will stay open until the new centre is complete. At this point, residents will benefit from the modern sports and community facilities at the new centre and also at Houstone School.

When built it is expected to include: 

  • an eight-lane, 25-metre, community swimming pool, which is more than double the size of the pool at the existing Houghton Regis Leisure Centre, complete with spectator seating
  • a 16-metre by 10-metre learner pool with a movable floor to raise or lower the depth for swimming lessons and other activities
  • a separate, shallow pool, often called ‘confidence water’ and changing village completes a comprehensive swimming experience
  • 2 squash courts
  • a large, 151 station, fitness suite (gym)
  • 2 multi-use studios for a range of classes and activities
  • a spinning bike studio
  • community space
  • a spacious reception and foyer area creating a vibrant social hub
  • Changing Places facilities on both floors 
  • a Pool Pod access system and Oxford Dipper hoist to provide access into the main pool and learner pool
  • contrasting colours throughout to help visually impaired visitors
  • a creche
  • a café
  • a children’s outdoor play zone
  • an outdoor fitness trail to provide another opportunity for exercise
  • enjoyable outside public areas and seating
  • enhanced landscaping and planting
  • improved walking and cycling routes linking to the new school and communities
  • a 238-space car park, plus motorcycle parking, consisting of 199 standard bays, 24 electric vehicle charging bays, 13 accessible parking bays close to the entrance and 2 spaces for minibuses
  • cycle parking, drop-off areas and good access to buses and public transport
  • extensive lighting and CCTV to help make the site safe and secure
  • All of the plans will meet the latest industry standards and Sport England guidelines.


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