The ambition is to extend and transform the Harpenden swimming pool site into one modern integrated leisure centre for a variety of sports and activities.  It is envisaged this will contain:

- The swimming pool 
- A new larger learner pool 
- A new gym with significantly more machine stations
- A new sports hall
- A new café 

The existing sports centre could then become a new arts and cultural centre integrating a museum display area dedicated to Harpenden’s historic past. It will have a larger theatre than the Halls, additional function rooms, and an extensive bar and refreshments area.

Update November 2018

As part of the Harpenden Leisure and Culture development, currently pending final approval from the Local Planning Authority after approval by the Secretary of State, Harpenden Public Halls is being replaced by a larger and more modern theatre and cultural centre in Rothamsted Park.

With the help of the local Harpenden community, St Albans City and District Council has been considering how best to redevelop the Halls’ site on the edge of the Common, using a community planning technique known as a 'design charrette'.

Please join us to hear about the outcomes of the recent charrette exercise, in which participants explored options to deliver a high quality redevelopment at this important town centre site. 

Following these intensive, creative workshops at St Dominic's Catholic Primary on 16-17 November, Kevin Murray Associates' team of facilitators and designers will return to Rothamsted Research Centre, AL52JQ to provide feedback and present emerging design proposals for the Harpenden Public Halls site

This event will provide a chance to review the outputs and provide further guidance on how to take the proposals forward to the next stage 

Please reserve your place for this important feedback session at 6.45 for 7pm on Wed 28 November via the the link below.

In this section

concept design icon Conceptual Designs and Usage Survey

A survey about the conceptual designs and potential use of the proposed facilities.

rothampsted development icon Community Engagement (Updated December 2017)

Capturing the many diverse and complex views of Harpenden residents and stakeholders.

reading a paper Press Releases about new leisure centre developments

Press Releases about new leisure centre developments