Chelmsford City Council

Closures at Riverside

The current phase of the works at Riverside 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 welcoming you to the fantastic new Centre.

Sports Hall

The Sports Hall will remain closed for major upgrades and improvements until the new centre opens. 

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.

The undercroft car park is closed for building works and is expected to re-open again in late April.

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.

The ice rink is closed for refurbishment and will reopen following testing and commissioning when the new centre opens.

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.

OJ's cafe has now closed, but we have several vending machines by reception offering hot and cold drinks and snacks.

A brand new cafe with terrace overlooking the river will be opening as part of the new Riverside in June 2019. Find out more about the new development.

The new centre

The brand new Riverside Leisure Centre facilities will include:

  • a 10-lane 25m pool with adjustable floor
  • learner pool
  • sensory splash zone
  • two large studios
  • a Spin studio
  • a 130-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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