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£30m Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre plans approved

The new sports centre will include a new community hub (Image: LK2)

A major project to redevelop Southampton’s Outdoor Sports Centre has been given approval by Southampton City Council.

The £30m plans will transform the venue – which dates to 1938 – into a community sports hub with a wide range of inclusive sports and physical activity facilities and services.

The new sports centre will include a new community hub – including a health and fitness club, changing facilities and café – three covered indoor netball and tennis courts, three new 3G football pitches, a new athletics clubhouse and 240-seat grandstand.

There will also be a new ski lodge at the Alpine Snow Sports Centre, a Family Zone featuring skateboarding facilities and improved cycling and walking facilities across the park.

The wider infrastructure at the venue – from parking to floodlighting and fencing – will also be upgraded.

The new, covered tennis and netball courts will replace existing outside courts and will encourage year-round use for tennis and netball players. The covered tennis and netball courts will sit alongside nine existing outdoor tennis courts and seven existing netball courts.

For football, there will be one new 11 v 11 and two new 9 v 9 floodlit 3G pitches.

The two existing artificial hockey pitches will benefit from upgrades which will enable additional training. To help support local hockey clubs and bookings, facilities including lighting and storage will be improved. The new ‘hub’ building will also provide hockey players with a social base.

The redevelopment has been designed by architects LK2

Councillor Kataria, Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure at Southampton City Council, said: “The approval of the planning application is a fantastic milestone for the project as it marks the beginning of the next phase of the much-needed multi-million-pound improvements to the Outdoor Sports Centre.

“We are committed to getting more funding for the city, and the successful bid from the Levelling Up Fund of £20m will enhance the opportunities available at the Outdoor Sports Centre.

“We understand how important it is to have open spaces in Southampton which help in tackling inequalities in sport and physical activity and improve the quality of life of residents by providing inclusive access to sport and deliver sustainable economic, social, health and wellbeing outcomes”.

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