King Alfred leisure centre

The King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove is the city’s largest indoor sports facility. The centre offers many sport and leisure opportunities and plays a valuable part in meeting the city’s sport and leisure demands.

The current facilities are however outdated and the main building, dating from 1938, is no longer fit for purpose. It is expensive to operate and maintain, and the building is fast approaching the end of its useful life. Provision of a new sports centre in the west of the city is a priority.

Development project

The development project began in 2013. in 2016 we appointed a development partner to deliver a new sports centre as part of a mixed-use development. Significant progress had been made, but in 2019 the developer withdrew from the project.

At the Policy and Resources Committee on 10 October 2019 councillors recognised the need for a different approach, and the importance of learning lessons from the previous project.

Work to establish the new project began immediately, a process overseen by the cross-party King Alfred Project Board.

The board reviewed the project alongside a citywide review of the council's sports facilities. It considered:

  • the project objectives
  • historical challenges
  • development requirements
  • delivery options

Sports facilities investment plan

The council’s other sports facility buildings are popular and essential in providing leisure opportunities but are also showing their age. So the council is developing a sports facilities investment plan that will help to determine the council’s medium to long-term investment strategy for its sports centres across the city.

In January 2021 there was a resident consultation as part of the sports facilities investment plan. 

The plan will be reported to committee in mid-2021.

Further information on the King Alfred development project, and other sports centre projects will be available once the overarching strategy is in place.

Contact the project team

Please contact the major projects team for information about the King Alfred site: