Salisbury Campus

Salisbury Campus Update – September 2014

Building is now well underway on the Salisbury community campus at Five Rivers, due to open in Autumn 2015.

Salisbury campus will provide a variety of refurbished and also a number of new facilities for the local community. Services and facilities that the Salisbury campus will provide included;

– Point of contact for Wiltshire Council and partner services
– Enlarged and refurbished café
– Refurbished and extended gym
– Dance studio
– New external changing rooms and an all weather pitch
– New dry changing room
– Activity spaces for exercise and other activities
– Music rehearsal
– Meeting rooms
– Training kitchen for young people and people with a learning disability
– Sensory room
– Personal Care Room
– Facilities for police teams
– Hot desking

Rydon the selected contractor been selected to build the campus and started work in July 2014. During the construction, different areas of the centre would be unavailable at different times and classes or activities would be relocated where possible – user groups would be contacted about specific areas in good time for alternative arrangements to be made where necessary.

The swimming pool and other wet areas of the centre will remain largely unaffected and disruption will be minimised to these areas as much as possible whilst the campus is developed. Reduced fees across all activities at Five Rivers have been introduced throughout the duration of the build process in order to recognise the disruption that will be faced, although the council is working hard to ensure this is kept to a minimum.

What will happen when

July 2014

– Mobilisation and enabling works – changes to car park and setting up of Rydon’s site
– Sports hall and conference suite refurbishment begins

September 2014

– Work continues on the sports hall and changing rooms
– Salisbury Area Board approves grant for youth arts project

October 2014

– Sports hall becomes available
– Dry changing rooms relocate to new area

Spring 2015

– Temporary gym provided whilst gym extended and refurbished
– Dance studio created from existing dry change (reprovided in new area)
– Construction starts on new campus extension – includes activity space, music facilities, police areas and hot desking

Late spring/summer 2015

– Work to circulation areas and new single point of contact
– Café area refurbished

Late Autumn 2015

– Completed campus opens

Salisbury campus a step further as contractor announced

Construction firm Rydon has been selected by Wiltshire Council for the design and construction of a new two-storey community campus development in Salisbury.

The Salisbury campus will be based at what is currently Five Rivers Leisure Centre and will be available for all members of the community to use, including facilities for use by young people, people with learning disabilities, as well as partners such as the police. An important part of each campus is ensuring the creation of multi-purpose community spaces – flexible areas accessible to everyone in the community which will be available for use for a range of activities.

The campus development will include a new build as well as alteration, refurbishment and extension of the existing leisure building, external works and landscaping.

The Salisbury campus is part of a county-wide project which will see a community campus, developed in consultation with local people, in each of the 18 areas across Wiltshire. The first campus for Wiltshire will open in Corsham this summer (2014).

Each campus will provide the services communities want in an easy-to-access location placing customers and their needs at the heart of future plans with the additional aim of making maximum and efficient use of the council’s buildings, both new and existing.

Jonathon Seed, cabinet member responsible for the campus programme, said: “This is an exciting step forward for the Salisbury community. Not only will it mean Council and partner services brought together in a modern building, the campus will also lead to the delivery of those services both centrally and locally with local people having more of a say.

”Each campus is designed by the community in partnership with Wiltshire Council and the end result is a practical service delivery and community centre. That means each development will be different and I look forward to seeing Salisbury’s campus up and running next year.”

Paul Barber, south west regional irector from Rydon, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this contract and to be in at the start of an exciting and visionary programme of construction which focuses on the needs of communities across Wiltshire. Rydon has a strong track record of community related projects and can draw on extensive experience of being considerate contractors to ensure that we are good neighbours throughout the construction phase. This includes engaging with local people and keeping them informed of what’s happening and when.

It is anticipated initial building works on the Salisbury campus will start in summer 2014, with the aim of completion by autumn 2015.

About Rydon

Rydon is a successful construction, development, maintenance and management group operating throughout England. It is a multi-talented organisation, working across a wide range of market sectors within the built environment.

From beginnings in 1978, Rydon has grown into a multi-faceted company, employing over 600 people. Rydon Construction, Rydon Homes and Rydon Maintenance cover general contracting, refurbishment, remediation, cross subsidy, regeneration, property maintenance and residential and commercial property development, while Ryhurst focuses on developing bespoke product/service solutions for the health and social care markets.


February 2014

Thank you for your feedback – campus working groups

At the end of December and the start of January, Salisbury Shadow COB held a number of working group meetings to focus on specific themes about the campus

The working group meetings looked at;

  • cafe and arts and performance spaces within the campus
  • the practical operation of the campus –   Travel, access, signage, single point of contact and IT
  • and communications about the campus and during the build work to understand the best ways to help everyone to stay informed.

Thank you to everyone who attended the meetings and provided their feedback.  The Shadow COB are in the process of analysing the feedback and it will be available here soon.

If you are interested in the any of the topics listed above and would like to feed in your views, please email  or telephone   01225 718350

We hope to start work on the campus in the coming months so check back to this page or see information at Five Rivers Leisure Centre for ongoing updates and information.