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Melksham Community Campus

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

Overview


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.


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


The 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.


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

Latest news releases

Please see below for the latest news releases we have sent out to local media 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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Planning applications

Planning applications have been submitted for the community campus project and they are now available to view.  

Following community feedback a revised planning application will soon be submitted.  

In the meantime, the original planning application 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.

Improved tennis courts

We have recently upgraded the tennis courts at Melksham House 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 is now finished to improve the tennis courts
Anyone for tennis? The courts are lookng good

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


We cannot pre-empt the planning decision. We have employed an experienced design team, they are engaging with the planning team and will continue to do so throughout the planning process.

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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. Once a decision is made we will update the local community.

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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.

Area board presentations

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

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: 9 August 2019 | Last reviewed: 9 August 2019