Chelmsford City Council

Closures at Riverside

The next phase of the works at Riverside will affect different parts of the building and the facilities at different times.  

You need to check through this information carefully. This will help you understand how these works will affect your current and future visits. 

However, we will keep the pools, gym and studios open during the majority of the works, until the new centre is ready. 

We apologise for any inconvenience, but we are looking forward to opening our fantastic new Centre in Spring 2019.

Sports Hall

The Sports Hall will be closing from Monday 22 October until Spring 2019 for major upgrades and improvements. 

If you usually book the Sports Hall, we can offer you space at our other leisure centres.

Studio 1

We will also close Studio 1 and relocate it in the new part of the building.

We will be changing the timetable for classes in Studio 1, and we will move classes to Studios 2 and 3. You can check class timetables to confirm the location.

We will be closing the undercroft car park from Tuesday 23 October until 25 January for building work. 

Pay and Play customers

If you are a Pay and Play customers and normally park here, you will be able to use alternative parking in:

  • Waterloo Lane car park 1
  • Waterloo Lane car park 2
  • Waterloo Lane car park 3


You can also use our other council car parks, but we will not issue a refund. 

Monthly Members

If you are a Monthly Member, you can also use our Meadows Retail multi-storey car park (behind Iceland), as well as the three Waterloo Lane car parks. 

If you are using the multi-storey car park, you will need to use your existing pink pass. This will allow you to park for up to three hours for free. If you park for longer than three hours, we will charge you. 

You can view more details on the parking arrangements for monthly member.

If you do not have a pink pass, you need to enquire at reception.

We will be closing the ice rink from Monday 29 October until Spring 2019 for refurbishment. 

You can skate right up until the last session on Sunday 28 October, from 2.30pm to 5pm. You can also enjoy our October Half Term Holiday Skate and our Skateside meltdown on Friday 26 October, from 7.30pm to 10pm.

Skate School

If you are a Skate School member, your membership will automatically be put on freeze. This will guarantee you a space when the new centre opens. We will also contact you before we take any Direct Debit payments.

Alternatively, you can contact us to cancel your membership. You must do so by Wednesday 17 October 2018, otherwise we will renew your membership automatically.

If you have any active patch sessions booked, we will issue a refund as of 29 October 2018.

Opening of the new centre (Spring 2019)

We will open the brand new Riverside Leisure Centre in Spring 2019. The fantastic facilities will include:

  • a 10-lane 25m pool with adjustable floor
  • learner pool
  • sensory splash zone
  • two large studios
  • a Spin studio
  • a 120-station state of the art gym
  • a river front café
  • sports hall
  • ice rink
  • soft play
  • creche
  • treatment rooms

Our new centre will offer modern facilities and extensive swimming and exercise opportunities for members and non-members alike to enjoy.

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