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Melksham Community Campus

Planning permission has been granted and a principal contractor has been appointed to construct the campus 

Overview


Significant progress has recently been made in providing Melksham with a community campus.


The plans for the modern Melksham Community Campus include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, fitness studio, library, sports hall, community meeting rooms, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the existing outdoor bowls provision, the new cricket pavilion and two new tennis courts. 


Sport England awarded a grant of £1.6m for Melksham Community Campus, and they have played a significant role in the design development stages, ensuring the new facility will provide the required leisure facilities for the community.


On 13 November 2019 planning permission was unanimously granted for the construction of Melksham Community Campus marking a massive milestone.


The planning application was initially submitted in March 2019 but was subsequently changed and resubmitted in August following valuable feedback from the public.


In October 2019, the council's Cabinet agreed to fund an additional £3m for the project to ensure that the campus can provide as many services as possible for the community.  This funding was approved by Full Council on 26 November 2019.


In March 2020 we appointed Pellikaan Construction Ltd as the principal contractor to construct the campus. 


 Pellikaan is working with partners Alliance Leisure, Wiltshire Council and the design team to further develop the designs and a detailed programme, with the aim of being on-site this summer. 


A report will be going forward to a council cabinet meeting in 2020 outlining a detailed business case for the future of Melksham House.

Over the past few years the overall campus project has also seen construction of the state-of-the-art rugby and football stadium at Oakfields, the revamp of Melksham Market Place, the creation of a new modern Fifth Skate Park, and a replacement cricket pavilion. 

Planning applications

Planning permission for construction of the campus has been unanimously awarded.   

To view the application, the reference numbers are:

  • 19/03329/DP3
  • 19/03394/LBC

Please input the numbers on the planning portal to see the full applications. Please be aware that copying and pasting the reference numbers into the search box doesn't always work so if that's the case please input them manually.

Trees on site

Permission has been granted to fell some trees on the Melksham House site. We only fell trees when it is absolutely essential and representation received was taken into consideration during this process.

Whenever we decide to fell trees it is never done lightly and all other options are explored before we make that decision.

In this instance we sought as much advice as possible and it was agreed that some trees unfortunately had to go. Some of the trees required to be felled are diseased and need to be removed as they are safety concerns. One of those, a commemorative Norwegian Maple, will be replaced and its plaque reinstated on the new tree.

Another essential tree removal is a Scots Pine at the Place Road boundary. This has to be removed in order to repair a listed stone wall – this is of course regretful but unfortunately there isn’t any other options.

As part of the campus programme we are planting an additional 42 new trees across the site and more than 1,300 shrubs. It is always the last option to fell trees but we hope the overall site, when completed, will be picturesque and in keeping with the historic parkland setting, with the type of scenery that we know so many people admire.

Should you wish to, you can view the application for the removal of the trees. 

Campus discussed at Cabinet meeting

Additional funding for Melksham Campus and the future of Melksham House was discussed at the council's cabinet meeting on 8 October 2019. You can watch a replay of the meeting if you want to catch-up on the discussion.

News releases

Please see below for an archive of news releases on the project.

Melksham milestone as planning application submitted for community campus

Melksham’s multi-million-pound campus has moved a significant step forward with a planning application formally submitted.

The application will be able to view on the council’s planning portal shortly.

The designs for the modern Melksham Community Campus include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, dance studio, library and community hub, sports hall, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the cricket pitch, outdoor bowls and the new tennis courts, which will be located on the Melksham House site. Work on the new tennis courts began earlier this week.

Earlier in March Wiltshire Council also held two well attended public information drop-in days for the campus team to speak to people about the plans and answer questions.

A decision on the planning application is expected by the end of August this year. If the application is approved then construction work is anticipated to start in early 2020 with the project due to be completed by mid-2021.

The planning application will be subject to Wiltshire Council’s normal planning procedures, as per any other application.

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for communities and leisure, said: “This is a momentous milestone for our campus programme.

“Some people perhaps thought we would never reach this stage, but we’re delighted to have done so. This is the first step towards commencing construction of this exciting and long-awaited project.

“I urge people to provide their feedback via the planning portal and take a look at the plans.”

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Wiltshire Council serves up an ace as work on improved tennis courts gets underway

Work is now under way to upgrade the tennis courts in Melksham, as part of Wiltshire Council’s multi-million-pound campus project.

The grass courts at the Melksham House site are being replaced by two new macadam courts, which ensures they will be playable throughout the year.

Work is expected to last for around four weeks and during this time the area in front of Melksham House will be used as a site compound, but the remainder of the car park will be fully accessible for free parking as usual.

The designs for Melksham Community Campus are at an advanced stage and include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, dance studio, library and community hub, sports hall, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the cricket pitch, outdoor bowls and the new tennis courts, which will be located on the Melksham House site.

Earlier in the month Wiltshire Council held two well attended public information drop-in days to speak to people about the plans and answer any questions.

A planning application for the project will be submitted by the end of March. A decision on the planning application is expected by the end of August this year. If the application is approved then construction work is expected to start in early 2020. The project is due to be completed by mid-2021.

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for communities and leisure, said: “The installation of new tennis courts marks another milestone in the delivery of the Melksham Campus. Momentum is starting to build and our team enjoyed meeting local residents at the recent information days to talk more about the exciting plans.”

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Melksham residents received a recent update on their community campus as the programme of work moves forward at pace.
 
Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for leisure and communities, John Thomson, spoke at the Melksham Area Board to provide an update on the multi-million pound programme.
 
There has been lots of activity over the last few months, including:
• A planning application has been formally submitted for the project – the reference number is 19/03329/DP3 and people are encouraged to provide feedback via the council’s planning portal
• Some changes have been made to the campus design following recent public information days. The changes are an inclusion of approximately 100 pool-side spectator seats, an additional large meeting room on the first floor and an additional large community room/party room on the first floor. These changes are subject to funding
• The council has gone out to tender to procure a contractor to carry out the campus build. The aim is to have a main contractor secured by the end of the year so construction work can get underway in 2020
• Work on the brand new tennis courts on-site is progressing well with work due to finish shortly
 
John Thomson said: “There were lots of positive updates to talk about at the area board meeting, and that’s testament to the hard work of everyone involved with the programme.
 
“People seem very encouraged with the progress we’re making now and although there’s still some hurdles to jump, the programme’s in very good shape and we’re looking forward to the next stage.”
 

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Local community feedback has helped shape some changes to the Melksham Community Campus design.

The Melksham Community Campus team has made some changes to the design of the proposed purpose-built centre in response to comments made through the formal planning application consultation.

The planning application for the campus was originally submitted in March. 

Some of the key changes include:

• Sports hall moved further away from Cedar Close boundary
• Reduction in external height of sports hall
• Relocation of sports hall stores to west elevation
• Some internal layout changes at ground and first floor
• Review of lighting strategy across the site
• Review of landscape strategy
• Removal of MUGA

Once the revised proposals have been formally submitted to the planning department, an additional four week consultation period will follow to give the public another opportunity to provide feedback. A planning decision is expected by the end of the year with the completed facility being delivered by mid-2021.

Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure, Allison Bucknell, said: “It’s only right that we take into consideration and listen to the feedback we’ve received. This campus will belong to the community and we want it to meet their needs.

“We’re still making good progress and on track for our completion date, and the work we’re doing now will result in providing a campus of high quality that we hope will be fully embraced by those who will use it.”

The designs for the modern Melksham Community Campus include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, dance studio, library and community hub, sports hall, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the cricket pitch, outdoor bowls, and the new tennis courts, which were recently provided on the Melksham House site.

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Wiltshire councillors have discussed the future of the Melksham House site and approved additional funding for the town’s modern multi-service campus at their recent cabinet meeting.

Since the budget for Melksham Community Campus was reconfirmed in 2017, the designs have been developed and fully costed. Wiltshire Council is committed to providing the facilities the local community need and it has become clear that the scope cannot be delivered within the existing budget.  Wiltshire Council’s cabinet discussed and approved an additional £3 million of capital investment for the campus.


Approval of these funds will enable the appointment of a construction contractor, allowing works to commence in 2020.

Cabinet also discussed proposals for the future of Melksham House, which sits on the land where the town’s campus will be built.  An appropriate future use for the building is required and this is key to the success of the campus project. 

National planning policy and legislation requires that the future of Melksham House is safeguarded, and the council is committed to seeing the house being brought back into use for the benefit of the community. A full and detailed business case which will be taken to Cabinet early next year. 

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Planning permission has been granted for the construction of Melksham Community Campus project – marking a massive milestone.

The report was heard at today’s (13 November) Strategic Planning Committee and was unanimously given the green light by councillors.  

The planning application was initially submitted in March 2019 but was subsequently changed and resubmitted in August following valuable feedback from the public.

In October 2019, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet agreed to fund an additional £3m for the project to ensure that the campus can provide as many services as possible for the community.  This is subject to final approval at Full Council on 26 November.

Wiltshire Council will now look to appoint a lead contractor so that work can begin at the Melksham House site in 2020. The campus is expected to be complete by 2021.

The designs for the modern Melksham Community Campus include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, dance studio, library and community hub, sports hall, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the cricket pitch and outdoor bowls. Two new tennis courts were provided earlier this summer.

Cllr Allison Bucknell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure, said: “I’m absolutely delighted we have now reached this crucial stage. This has been a long complex project but getting permission to construct will now allow for our vision to become a reality.

“Despite the complexities and setbacks along the way, we never lost sight of our aim to provide a facility that the entire community can use and be proud of.

“I look forward to seeing spades in the ground next year and I thank our team for working so hard behind the scenes to get us here.

“We are also committed to seeing Melksham House being brought back into use for the benefit of the community and we’ll have more details on that early next year.

“I  would like to thank to the community for working with us, and pay tribute to our amazing officers who are putting so much time and effort into providing this state-of-the-art facility.”

A report will be going forward to a council cabinet meeting next year outlining a detailed business case for the future of Melksham House.

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An additional £3m for Melksham Community Campus has been ratified by councillors, enabling the long awaited project to move forward to the next stage.

Wiltshire Council’s cabinet agreed to award the funding in October, subject to Full Council approval, which was formally given this week (26 November).

This marks yet another milestone for the project with construction of the modern campus formally granted planning permission almost two weeks ago. 

Cllr Allison Bucknell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure, said: “I am pleased that we have cleared another hurdle on this project.

“This funding means that we can provide a campus that will bring the community together right at the heart of the town.

“The next stage is for us to appoint a lead contractor so that work on-site can get underway next year. We are expecting the campus to be complete by 2021.”

The designs for the modern Melksham Community Campus include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, dance studio, library and community hub, sports hall, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the cricket pitch and outdoor bowls. Two new tennis courts were provided earlier this summer.

A report will be going forward to a council cabinet meeting next year outlining a detailed business case for the future of Melksham House.

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The principal contractor has been appointed to construct Melksham Community Campus, with work set to get underway this year – marking another significant milestone for the project. 

 Wiltshire Council has appointed Pellikaan Construction Ltd for the project, a company which brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise delivering sports facilities. 

 Pellikaan is working with partners Alliance Leisure, Wiltshire Council and the design team to further develop the designs and a detailed programme, with the aim of being on-site this summer. 

The campus project has moved at a significant pace over the last few months, including listed building consent and overall planning permission being granted, and additional funding agreed by Wiltshire councillors.

The planning application was initially submitted in March 2019 but was subsequently changed and resubmitted in August following valuable feedback from the public.

Sport England awarded a grant of £1.6m for Melksham Community Campus, and they have played a significant role in the design development stages, ensuring the new facility will provide the required leisure facilities for the community.

 The plans for the modern Melksham Community Campus include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, fitness studio, library, sports hall, community meeting rooms, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the existing outdoor bowls provision, the new cricket pavilion and two new tennis courts. The campus project has also already successfully delivered the Oakfields football and rugby facility and Fifth Skate Park at other locations in the town. 

 Cllr Allison Bucknell, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: “Last year was hugely significant for the Melksham Community Campus project and I’m delighted to be marking another milestone early in 2020. 

 “We are pleased to be working with Pellikaan Construction Ltd – they are an industry leader and, with the support of Alliance Leisure and Sport England, we are excited to see our long-held vision come to fruition.” 

 Gert-Jan Peeters, Director at Pellikaan said: “We are very pleased to be part of the Melksham Community Campus project. We look forward to working together with Wiltshire Council to deliver the new centre. It’s great to contribute to improving people’s sports experience, and to provide people with a wonderful place to meet in the library and community hub.”

Paul Cluett, Managing Director, Alliance Leisure “Alliance Leisure is delighted to have been appointed as development partner to Wiltshire Council to bring together a team of industry specialists who will deliver a great new leisure facility for the Melksham community.” 

Regular updates on Melksham Community Campus can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community-environment-melksham-community-campus

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Newsletter

We will be regularly publishing a newsletter to provide you with the latest news and developments on Melksham Community Campus. All available editions can be found below.

Frequently asked questions


Work has been completed on two new tennis courts and they are now available to use.

A further two to be constructed once the final scheme for Melksham House is confirmed.

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We have no intention of closing Melksham Blue before the campus opens. We continue to work with our contractor, Places Leisure, to ensure that the Melksham community has a range of physical activity opportunities through this facility and other community spaces where appropriate.

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We remain in contact with the GP, as they work with the Clinical Commissioning Group on their long-term space requirements in Melksham. 

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We are currently proposing a chlorine/UV based system. Chlorine will be the main method of disinfection; however, the addition of the UV system allows us to reduce chlorine levels. A Chlorine/UV system is considered the most effective disinfection management model for large pools.

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The design currently only includes starting blocks at the deep end. Following feedback, we are looking at whether we can accommodate blocks at the shallow end; if possible we will provide additional fixings.

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Following feedback, we are looking at how additional viewing can be accommodated.

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We are currently considering the specification for the timing system; following your feedback from local swimming club members, we will now review fixed options.

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When we build or refurbish centres our preference is to have mixed-sex village change facilities. It is our view that village change facilities improve customer experience and make facilities more accessible: cubicles provide privacy, they offer the flexibility to accommodate any proportion of male and female users, parents can share a cubicle with children of the opposite sex, family groups can change together and helpers can accompany people with disabilities of opposite sex.

We are providing a buffer change, this is single sex, and will be available for those users who wish to use it. 

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We are providing single sex changing facilities for schools. Our operational teams and teachers will always ensure the necessary safeguarding procedures are in place.

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The buffer changing rooms will be lockable; this will provide children with a safe place to store their bags.

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We will ensure there is seating in the shoe removal area. Having a shoe removal area allows us to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness in the pool and changing areas. 

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The café can accommodate 50 people.

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Final fixtures and fittings have not been agreed, but we will certainly look into this.

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Following feedback from the community we are looking to make some changes to the first-floor layout to enable us to deliver additional community and meeting space; this will provide the perfect space for parties.

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The new library will be 313sqm. The new bespoke facility will provide a modern and vibrant library space. The library is not dissimilar in size to the existing on.

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These will be available as part of the planning submission. We will look to add additional drawings to the website over the coming months. 

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The acoustic strategy is being developed and will take into account the proximity of the studio to the offices.

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The first floor changing rooms were designed so that they are close to the fitness suite. The studio is just along the corridor from the changing rooms.

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We agree that this is a sensible proposal and we will work with the main contractor, once appointed, to determine if this is something that can be delivered.

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A decision on the car park management strategy has not yet been made. We are considering the best way to manage this car park given its proximity to the town centre.  

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The public footpath will be retained after the campus is constructed.

During construction, we will need to assess whether it is safe to retain pedestrian access. The build compound will be located on the west of the footpath; construction traffic will need to cross this right of way. The project team will work with the build contractor to look at possible options for providing a crossing point or minimising closures. We will do our best to minimise disruption, but people’s safety is paramount.

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We are already constructing a fence and so will look to extend this so there is a consistent boundary with our neighbours.

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The assembly hall is owned by the town council.

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No decision has been made on this; we are currently considering a range of options.

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Vehicular access will be via the Market Place only. We are looking to install moveable bollards between the pillars that lead to Place Road to stop unauthorised use.

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The council is currently considering options for the future use of Melksham House and is committed to seeing the house being brought back into use for the benefit of the community. A business case will be put together for Cabinet to consider next year.


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All the necessary due diligence will be undertaken before any scheme for Melksham House is put forward.  


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Draft plans

The below images are draft plans for the ground floor and first floor of Melksham Community Campus. Please note that these images are draft and subject to change.

Melksham Area Board presentations

13 February 2019 PDF (1.2mb)
24 April 2019 PDF (1.4mb)
3 September 2019 PDF (1.2mb)

Improved tennis courts

The tennis facilities were upgraded at Melksham House in summer 2019 with two new macadam courts, which means they will be playable throughout the year.

We are currently working with the tennis club to ensure that the new tennis courts are accessible to all; we are working with the club on booking arrangements and the timetabling of public access.

Our sports development team will also continue to work with Melksham Tennis Club to support the long-term sustainability and development of both the club and the facility. Both the club and the council are committed to increasing participation in the sport.

The courts have now had their final colour treatment and can now be used by the public. Melksham Tennis Club have put interim arrangements in place to ensure immediate access for the public.

Interim arrangements:

The new tennis courts are now available to hire Monday to Thursday until 5.30pm, Friday all day and from 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Further evening hire will become available when league tennis finishes in August and other times may be also available. The cost of hire will be £6 per court per hour and can be booked at melkshamtennisclub@talktalk.net or on 07525 496000. Payment can be made by BACS, which will be required in advance. This method of booking is an interim arrangement.

Please note, following contractor's advice, the courts may not be available to members or the public if the temperature is sufficiently high to cause any softening of the surface during the first year.

Work was finished to improve the tennis courts in summer 2019
Anyone for tennis? The courts are lookng good

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the campus or programme of work, please get in touch at MelkshamCampus@wiltshire.gov.uk and we'd be happy to answer them.

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Last updated: 5 March 2020 | Last reviewed: 5 March 2020