Kenilworth leisure centre proposals

Future plans for sports and leisure facilities in Kenilworth  

The next phase of our ambitious leisure development programme will see the expansion and improvement of the facilities at both Abbey Fields Swimming Pool and Castle Farm Recreation Centre.

Abbey Fields Swimming Pool

Our Cultural Services team are currently working on a scheme to significantly remodel the existing facilities, making the most of the stunning parkland setting. These plans include;

  • A new indoor family pool which can be opened up to a sun terrace through a series of bi-fold doors
  • Brand new café for park users and for pool customers, which allows for viewing of the family pool
  • The refurbishment of the existing indoor pool so that it can continue to provide a popular swimming venue for the whole community
  • A new light and airy entrance and reception area
  • Larger, better equipped changing rooms with family-friendly facilities
  • A multi-purpose studio for parties, meetings and other activities

Castle Farm Recreation Centre

At Castle Farm, our plans are equally ambitious with designs in progress for a brand new leisure centre with greatly expanded facilities for the whole community to enjoy. Our current scheme includes;  

  • A new 80 station gym with the latest equipment
  • Two exercise studios for group sessions, including the increasingly popular spin bikes
  • 6 court sports hall
  • New changing facilities
  • New spacious reception area and foyer
  • New outdoor changing rooms for customers using football pitches
  • New petanque terrain
  • Exciting new family activity room – plans in development – watch this space!

We are continuing to work with the Kenilworth Wardens as they progress their ideas to move and extend their facilities to the wider Castle Farm site. 

Scouts and Guides

We are working with the Scouts and Guides to identify suitable options for new accommodation either at Castle Farm or at an alternative location in Kenilworth.

What happens next?

Our Cultural Services team are working with architects to progress the designs for the centres, and we are aiming to submit a planning application for both sites towards the end of 2019. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the detail of the proposed designs before the planning application is submitted. 

How do I find out more?

As our project progresses we will keep you up to date with leaflets and via our website. If you have any questions or comments in the meantime please contact us at

Consultation autumn 2018

We would like to thank everybody who took part in last year's public consultation about improving the facilities at Castle Farm Recreation Centre and Abbey Fields Swimming Pool. The consultation finished in November 2018, and we received feedback from a range of stakeholders; including local residents, local schools, national governing bodies of sport, sports clubs, swimming clubs and statutory bodies.

At Castle Farm Recreation Centre there was clear support from respondents for the outline option proposed by the Council to provide a brand new recreation centre, which would include a new sports hall, gym and group exercise studios. There were areas of concern about the impact of traffic and the potential future re-location of the Wardens sports club to the site. We acknowledge this feedback and are committed to addressing these concerns where possible as part of the planning process.

At Abbey Fields Swimming Pool the feedback from residents was split relatively evenly between the two outline options proposed which were:- a) the wholesale refurbishment and retention of the existing outdoor pool and b) wholesale refurbishment and provision of an indoor family pool with an associated outdoor area. Approximately one third of respondents were in support of retaining the outdoor pool, another third preferred the family pool and the remaining third expressed no preference. In addition, a quarter of all responses supported a further option proposed by a local group “Restore Kenilworth Lido”, which is to provide a new 25m outdoor pool.

We have used this information to inform the next steps for further development of the design options. Information about this is documented in a report considered by the Council’s Executive Committee on Wednesday 9 January. You can see a copy of the report including more detail about the consultation feedback.

There will be a further opportunity for the community to provide feedback on the proposals when planning applications are made for the improvement works later in 2019.

The story so far

Having completed the improvement works to Newbold Comyn and St Nicholas Park Leisure Centres in 2018, we are now focused on improving the facilities at Abbey Fields and Castle Farm to the same high standard. During Summer 2018 the Council engaged a professional design team and together we started the initial design and feasibility work. After some consideration we developed a set of outline options on which we consulted the public in autumn 2018. In drawing up these options we took account of the Sport England Facilities Planning Model and revised Indoor Sports Strategy (2018) which both evidence the need for additional sports hall and swimming pool space.  

As part of the process the team initially considered numerous options which were then assessed on design quality, flexibility, customer requirements, operational effectiveness and anticipated value for money.  This led to the short-listed options, which were agreed by the Council’s Executive Committee in September 2018. In doing this a number of options were discounted. The reasons for this and the process we have followed are set out in the Executive report where you can find a copy of the report, including further information on the design process undertaken.  

Your views were used to help us determine the options taken forward for further development by the professional design team. A recommendation was made in January 2019 to the Council’s Executive of a detailed design at each site. The recommendation sought to balance the needs and requirements of the local community, as well as affordability and technical considerations.