Client:  Dover District Council/BAM

Architect:  GT3 Architects

Status: On-site

Engineering Disciplines: Structural and Civil


At the heart of the new £26m Dover District Leisure Centre is an eight-lane 25m county-standard competition swimming pool with spectator seating for 250 people, as well as a learner pool with a moveable floor to allow for varying depths of water. Designed with GT3 Architects the new leisure centre will also include a 4-court sports hall, squash courts, multifunction room, gym, fitness studios, clip ‘n’ climb wall, and a café.  Externally there will be 3G artificial pitches for five-a-side football, and a minimum of 250 parking spaces.

Engenuiti prepared a foul and surface water drainage strategy for this project that made an allowance for the outfall from the pool backwash filtration system and incorporated deep-bore soakaways. As the substrata was chalk due consideration was given to the positioning of the soakaways due to potential
dissolution features.  

Owing to the sloped nature of the site a detailed cut and fill analysis was developed by us and used to ensure the building FFL was set at the optimum level. We also produced a levels strategy and provided hard standing build-ups for the car park.

As the site was greater than 1Ha a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) was required to support planning. This report evaluated the flood risk from various sources including fluvial, surface water & sewers and the final document was produced in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).