Construction begins at Palmer Park in Reading next week

Palmer Park Reading

Reading’s major leisure project will take a significant step forward next week, with construction work beginning at Palmer Park on Monday.

This is key milestone in the city’s £40 million investment in modern leisure facilities for the town, including delivering two brand new pools, a modern leisure centre and improvements to existing leisure facilities, by spring 2023.

At Palmer Park, in addition to the refurbishment of the existing stadium building, there work includes a 25m 8-lane competition pool, and splash pool for younger users, diving pool, cafe, soft play and information centre.

This first phase of the Palmer Park construction will get underway and complete by the end of September. The initial focus will be on creating the new overflow carpark / coach drop off, then moving on to removing the single-story front entrance.

In phase 2, major work will begin on the construction of the new swimming pool, changes to the existing entrance and the creation of the new café and information hub space.

The new community pool and facilities will open to the public in late 2022.

Work is anticipated to start at the Rivermead site on 30 August after the Reading Festival.

There will also be improvements at South Reading and Meadway leisure centres starting later this year.