Details revealed in £65m Oasis plans

Martin Barber, Moirai capital investments, Coun Garry Perkins, children’s services, and Coun Keith Williams, cabinet member for leisure & transport, survey the plans for the Oasis development

1. Improved Oasis 2. Central Plaza 3. Ski Centre 4. Arena 5. Outdoor Sports Activities 6. Hotel and Accommodation.

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MORE details have been revealed on the £65m Oasis Leisure Centre revamp ahead of public exhibitions today and tomorrow.

Moirai Capital Investments, which took over the centre in June, signed a deal with Swindon Council earlier this year to refurbish the old centre and later provide other leisure facilities on the adjoining Clares factory site, including an hotel, an arena and indoor ski slope.

After months of planning, the developer is seeking public feedback on the outline proposals, which will go on display there today, from 1pm to 8pm and tomorrow from 10am to noon, then from 1pm to 6pm.

On Wednesday night, the Adver and other special guests were given a peak at the draft masterplan which, coincidentally, was produced by S&P Architects, founded by the Oasis’ original designers, Peter Sargent and Mark Potiriadis.

Peter Holmes, of Moirai, said: “The team has got international credentials. They have been involved in the Olympic Stadium, he development of the X-scape throughout the UK and in the Wembley Stadium development.

“They’re a superb team and it’s with great confidence we look forward to delivering what will be a first class, indeed a world class, development in Swindon.”

The existing Oasis will be refurbished by the end of 2013.

This will see a larger, 100-station gym installed on the site of the indoor bowls facility, new plastic panels installed in the iconic dome, the changing rooms and toilets refurbished, and the kiosk moved back so customers do not have to queue outside.

Moirai hopes in coming weeks to announce a “household name” as the chosen operator.

Another plan is an indoor ski slope which, at between 180 and 200 metres long, will be one of the longest in the UK.

There will be be associated shops selling sports equipment and clothing, plus food and drink outlets, and there will also be space for other leisure uses, possibly an ice climbing wall and an snowball-fighting area.

The other key attraction is a 7,500-seater arena, which could be the biggest in southern England outside London.

It could be run by a national operator, which is in discussions with Moirai. The existing main hall would be kept for sports.

There is also a bid to incorporate a part of the London Olympics basketball stadium into the Oasis. Barr Constru-ction, the basketball stadium owner, and another contractor, are working out how to configure the outer shell of the iconic building to make this possible, although no agreement has yet been made over Swindon getting the stadium.

A value hotel is planned to be built just south of the Great Western Way and it has been suggested that accommodation – possibly affordable flats or student digs – could be built on the site of the existing football pitches.

The football pitches would be moved to the site of the BMW track, and a combined BMX and skate park would be constructed further north as part of work to improve the existing facilities.

The developer also plans new public areas between the Oasis and the new leisure development, creating a central plaza with restaurants.

Three multi-storey car parks would be added.

Moirai aims to submit an outline planning application in March, which would be considered by the council’s July planning committee with the aim of the first new facility opening in 2015.

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9:32am Fri 9 Nov 12

Former Kingsdownman says...

This all sounds too good to be true. Can all of these great new facilities really come to the Swindon I know and love?

I really hope so. It would be great to have them and draw in extra spend into the local economy which has got to be good.
This all sounds too good to be true. Can all of these great new facilities really come to the Swindon I know and love? I really hope so. It would be great to have them and draw in extra spend into the local economy which has got to be good. Former Kingsdownman
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11:44am Fri 9 Nov 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

Really hope this happens. Swindon should have had facilities like this years ago.
Really hope this happens. Swindon should have had facilities like this years ago. Even Angrier Monkey
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1:30pm Fri 9 Nov 12

house on the hill says...

Would you trust the people in the picture with your money???? Agree with first poster, will be great if it happens, but it just all sounds too much.
Would you trust the people in the picture with your money???? Agree with first poster, will be great if it happens, but it just all sounds too much. house on the hill
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2:19pm Fri 9 Nov 12

swindondad says...

Lets hope that they can pull this plan off.

More jobs and some first class facilities in Swindon. Go for it.
Lets hope that they can pull this plan off. More jobs and some first class facilities in Swindon. Go for it. swindondad
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7:28pm Fri 9 Nov 12

itsamess3 says...

It maybe all ifs and buts--but if it all comes together it could change how swindon stacks up against the big cities.
Entertainment of all sorts is this companies speciality--a little careful thought and cooperation with the council will bring an area that can only benefit our town.
It maybe all ifs and buts--but if it all comes together it could change how swindon stacks up against the big cities. Entertainment of all sorts is this companies speciality--a little careful thought and cooperation with the council will bring an area that can only benefit our town. itsamess3
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