Monday 17th March 2014 will see the see the start of building works on the Handy Cross Hub site close to the M40 in Cressex, High Wycombe.
The work will mark the official start of Wycombe District Council’s major development of a new multi-million pound sports centre, coachway park and ride and food store on the site.
For the last few months enabling works have been ongoing to divert a substantial mains electricity cable and a large water main and to lower fibre optic cables alongside the A404 Marlow Road. Over the next few weeks, part of the redevelopment site will be enclosed by hoardings and construction contractors will begin to bring in plant equipment in preparation to dig the huge 50m swimming pool pit and create a new access road.
Phase one of the redevelopment includes building a new sports and leisure centre, coachway park and ride and food store. Before the foundations for the new sports and leisure can be created the old synthetic turf pitch, running track and flood lights must be removed.
While a number of trees which are currently in the way of a new access road will also need be removed, future landscaping plans for the site include planting 170 new trees and creating new green amenity space, along with an area of waterspace linked to the site’s sustainable drainage system.
Designed by AFLS+P architects, the 10,750 square metre Wycombe Sports Centre will be clad metal panels that have different finishes to give it a distinctive look. Inside, sport and leisure facilities will include a 12 court sports hall, eight lane 50m swimming pool, health suite, 150 station gym, four rink indoor bowls hall, two squash courts, climbing wall and café.