Leisure Centre

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

The new Chard Leisure Centre boasts a five-lane adult swimming pool, a beginner's pool, cafe, children's soft play area and gym with additional studios. 

We were excited to see the centre open its doors to the public on Monday 8 November 2021. 

To celebrate the occasion, Commonwealth gold medallist, Matthew Clay, returned to Chard and joined his former swimming club, Trident Swimming Club, for the first pool swim. 

Take a look through the gallery to see the amazing facilities available and how they came to be. 

You can also view our video diary of the opening day for more information on the event, including the official ribbon cutting ceremony, the tour of the centre and the first 50m pool race!

For information on opening times, bookings and class timetables, please visit Freedom Leisure Chard.

Dance studio
Dance studio

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front view
front view

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main pool
main pool

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The Project

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.