New Sports & Leisure Facility for Medway Residents

Construction of Medway’s new state-of-the-art leisure centre is expected to begin in early 2023.

As part of the Space & Place design team, Desco are designing the mechanical and electrical services for a new £23m state-of-the-art leisure centre in Rainham.

The new modern, family-friendly facility will include a children’s fun pool with flume, wave ball pool and beach area, a training pool for lane swimming and lessons, café, a fitness gym and room for exercise classes and children’s parties.

Medway’s new leisure centre will replace the former and much-loved Splashes which was demolished in February 2022. The new facility will have a modern, family-friendly look and feel, including family and accessible changing rooms and electric charging parking spaces, in support of Medway’s Climate Change and carbon neutral aims and ambitions.

Following the appointment of Willmott Dixon in December 2022, building work at the site in Bloors Lane, Rainham is due to begin in early 2023 with the new leisure centre expected to be ready for residents to use by summer 2024.

Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased that construction will soon get underway for a modern, family-friendly leisure centre. The new development in Rainham will provide residents with greater opportunities to enjoy leisure facilities on their doorstep. Customers will be able to visit the gym, join-in an exercise class, take a dip in the pool and even relax in a café overlooking the pool areas. Splashes opened in 1990 and was not only a facility where many of Medway’s now adult population learnt to swim, but it also likely hosted their birthday parties as children. I am so pleased that we will once again be able to provide a family-friendly leisure facility for Medway residents to visit and enjoy.”