We've worked hard to deliver what you asked us for and are proud to provide this fantastic facility to the community.
The Leisure Centre
We are excited to deliver a Leisure Centre to Chard which will include a five-lane adult swimming pool, a beginners pool, cafe facility with a children's play area and gym with additional studios.
It's expected that the build will be completed in late 2021 with the facility opening its door to users between January and March 2022.
We will bring you more details of exactly when the centre will open closer to the completion time of the build.
Throughout the whole of the pre-application stage, public consultation was at the heart of the process with public feedback setting the direction of where Chard Regeneration went.
The plans began with these initial proposals. They were displayed to hundreds of residents at an event in Chard on Saturday 16 June 2018, attended by hundreds of residents. We had a fantastic response with hundreds of letters, comments and emails.
The consultation ended in September 2018 following a number of further events and from this, we gained a firm understanding of what residents wanted for the town.
On Saturday 16 March 2019, a second event was held in Chard which was attended by more than 500 people.
At this event, we were able to provide more detail on what the site could look like. Our architects, AHR, produced visuals and a video of how the site could look.
Planning permission was granted by SSDC's Area West Committee and Regulation Committee in September 2019, paving the way for the major regeneration project to start being worked on at site.
Demolition works at the Boden Mill site started in early November 2019 with contractors removing windows, metals and other internal fixtures and fittings before bulldozers moved in and started to demolish some of the existing buildings on the site to make way for the foundations of the leisure centre.
Demolition works were completed early 2020.
Steelworks started on the Leisure Centre in March 2019, with the foundations having been poured the previous month. This signaled the start of the public starting to see the building rise from the ground.
A video was produced by architects AHR to show how the site could look once complete.
Demolition taking place at the former Boden Mill site.
Councillor Jason Baker discussing the HSHAZ funding at the construction site of the leisure centre.