Plan for King Alfred leisure center in Hove – Council makes statement

The council has said it is “considering the development of a new facility” to replace the current King Alfred Leisure Centre.

In a statement released yesterday, Brighton and Hove City Council said the proposed new facility would offer a “more modern, energy efficient building” that would be “greatly improved” over the current centre.

Three years ago, plans including a £50million sports complex to replace the current leisure center on Hove seafront were abandoned by council.

The leisure center was not included in project plans for Kingsway to the Sea, a seafront upgrade due to begin construction next year.

Some parts of the King Alfred Leisure Center are now over 80 years old and the council says rising maintenance and running costs mean it is costly and inefficient to operate.

It has not yet been decided whether the new facility will be built on the existing site or at a new site.

The Argus: Inside the King Alfred

The council has said any new site would be west of the city “to serve the same community that currently uses the King Alfred Leisure Centre”.

Last year Wish Town Councilor Robert Nemeth toured the complex and photographed the building in great detail.

He said: “I’ve wanted to take a good look at the King Alfred for years and was delighted to see him with other councilors on the Projects Committee.

“Although it was incredibly interesting, it ultimately made clear the poor condition of the existing building and the urgent need for action.”

It remains the largest leisure center in Brighton and Hove.

The project is several years away and work on the new facility is unlikely to begin before late 2024 or early 2025.

The City Council has announced that it is beginning to contact the centre’s tenants, sports clubs and community groups to start a conversation about their views on a new facility.

More news about the project will be announced early next year as the council continues to seek views from residents and partners across Brighton and Hove.—council-issues-statement/?ref=rss Plan for King Alfred leisure center in Hove – Council makes statement

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