The Carnival site is an important part of Wokingham Council’s Town Centre Regeneration proposals. Part of the site is a new flagship leisure and library complex which aims to create a fantastic state-of-the-art new facility that will regenerate the local area and public realm for the local community. The new multi-million pound complex will replace an ageing existing building built in the 1990’s in need of constant maintenance and repair.

Design Approach

Working in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council to help support their ambitions to reduce carbon emissions from the complex, we made minor changes to the complex’s design aimed at improving energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.


The new centre will feature two swimming pools (a six-lane 25m pool and teaching pool with moveable depth floor and splash pad); a larger fitness suite and specialist group cycling studio; large studios; a four-court sports hall which can convert into a 400 seat performance venue; a spa, a health and wellbeing centre; larger café; and viewing areas. Unlike the dark and oppressive atmosphere of the existing pool hall, the new provision will be a light and airy space that is accessible for all.

The pools themselves represent a significant upgrade to both the community and training/competition activities within Wokingham, each being designed to the rigorous Sport England standards. The main pool provides raised spectator seating along the full length of the pool. Both are fully accessible with the main pool incorporating a submersible pool surround lift.

We’ve worked with Wokingham Borough Council to submit minor changes to the complex’s design aimed at improving energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Our revised designs include new air source heat pumps and additional solar panels. These measures will significantly improve performance across the site, the centre now achieving a massive 117% carbon reduction above the government baseline target, compared to the original designs 13.2%. This helps support the Councils ambitions to reduce carbon emissions from the complex, as well as reducing its operating costs.

Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, Executive Member for Regeneration – Wokingham Council, said: “I hope that residents will share in my excitement in being able to see the construction team starting on site at Carnival. We are now turning plans on paper into a spectacular facility for the final part of the Wokingham town centre regeneration scheme.  The complex will offer fantastic facilities and is a result of many years of consultation with residents and businesses around the types of leisure and community amenities they would like to see locally. I can’t wait to see progress during the coming months and bring you further updates as the project progresses.”