Work starts next week on major improvements at South Reading Leisure Centre

We are excited to announce work starts next week on improvements for users of South Reading Leisure Centre, as part of our £40M investment in modern leisure facilities for the town.

Hot on the heels of works starting on modern new swimming pools and facilities at both Rivermead and Palmer Park, work at South Reading, run by GLL on behalf of the Council, begins on Monday 1 November and is expected to last for 3 months.

If you are a user of the centre you can look forward to:

  • New gym area
  • New gym equipment
  • Gym changing room refurbishments
  • Class studio redecoration and improvements
  • New air conditioning
  • A new reception

To allow for the development works to be carried out safely and securely, unfortunately, the gym at South Reading will need to close for the duration of the work. Gym users will be able to access alternative fitness facilities at Rivermead, Palmer Park or Meadway leisure centres during this period.  Download the free Better App to your smartphone and add these centres to the ‘My Clubs’ section, or visit

Disruption to users of the sports hall and the swimming pool will be kept to a minimum, with both facilities available throughout the duration of the work, however, improvements to the wetside swimming pool changing rooms at this location will take place over the October half term. The pool will still be in use and alternative showers and changing facilities are available.

Improvement works are also planned at Meadway in west Reading, starting in the new year.

Work started on the Rivermead site on 31 August. The new Rivermead facilities will include a 25m 8-lane competition pool alongside a combined teaching and diving pool, due to open in spring 2023.

At Palmer Park, in addition to the refurbishment of the existing stadium building, there will be a new 25 metre, 6-lane community pool. The new community pool and facilities will open to the public in late 2022.

For regular updates on the leisure project visit  or follow the Council on social media @ReadingCouncil Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or GLL at @Better_Reading

Last updated on 25/10/2021