Our state-of-the-art leisure centre at Braywick is set to open on Saturday 12 September, providing a new and improved space for everyone to enjoy sports, arts and cultural events.
Braywick Leisure Centre has been built to replace the ageing Magnet Leisure Centre and boasts bigger and better features than its predecessor, all while using 70 per cent less energy than the Magnet.
Key features include a ten-lane swimming pool, large training and splash pools, a 200-station gym, large sports hall, improved accessibility for disabled users and sports teams, and 430 parking spaces, twice as many as at the Magnet site, with six electric car charging points.
A new café with indoor and outdoor seating provides a great place to refuel or meet a friend, and there are six outdoor courts for netball or tennis, along with a new all-weather football pitch, making Braywick a real hub for both indoor and outdoor sports.
For those who are unable to walk, cycle or drive to the new centre, a 16-seater shuttle bus will operate between the Magnet and Braywick, which is free with a valid Advantage Card.
Sustainability has been crucial in the centre’s design, and all but one of the major trees on the site have been retained, with 150 more to be planted. Rainwater is also collected, stored and used to flush toilets, LED lighting has been used throughout and additional insulation will ensure heating the site requires less energy.
Councillor Samantha Rayner, lead member for resident and leisure services, said: “I am very excited and honoured that we will be finally able to open and share with all the residents the amazing centre that I’ve been working on as Lead Member since 2016. A huge thanks to the team led by Kevin Mist who have worked so incredibly hard to deliver this outstanding facility for our residents.
“It’s not only stunning inside and outside but gives access to high quality sports facilities as well as the theatre space with professional sound and lighting. The cafe is a beautiful space to meet, eat and drink.
“I hope residents make this their new home for sport and social activities for many years to come.”
Councillor Sayonara Luxton, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, said: “I am delighted to have accepted the keys to the building and pass them onto Leisure Focus. Seeing the transformation of the site has been so exciting.
“I am sure many residents will be looking forward to using this fantastic facility in the future and the many wonderful community spaces within the building.”
Alec Jackman, business unit director for the Southern Home Counties at Wates Construction, said: “Regenerating leisure hubs like this is essential to supporting healthy, sustainable communities, and every part of the Braywick site has been designed with the people who’ll be using it in mind.
“It’s been a pleasure to work in partnership with the council and our local supply chain to deliver this project, and we hope it will become a real cornerstone of the community in Maidenhead.”
Braywick Leisure Centre, along with the borough’s other leisure centres, will be run by Leisure Focus, the new charitable trust founded earlier this year to continue the delivery of leisure services in the borough.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, a booking is required to visit the site, and this can be done at www.leisurefocus.org.uk or by calling 01628 685333.
The shuttle bus will run from Monday 14 September and the timetable can be found below: