Community Projects  |  3 January 2019

A Mars bar, historic photographs and Slough Half Marathon medal were among a variety of items buried in a time capsule at the site of the council’s new flagship leisure centre.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council and Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for leisure and environment attended the event on Friday 14 December.

They were joined by students and staff from Slough Centre Nursery and Herschel Grammar School as well as representatives from the council, Slough Urban Renewal, leisure provider Everyone Active and Morgan Sindall.

The construction industry’s mascot, Ivor Goodsite, who teaches students how to stay safe, also made an appearance.

A ceremony was held to mark the burial of a small piece of Slough’s leisure history and the local school students helped cover the time capsule with sand.

The time capsule has been buried outside the front of The Centre and will be marked by an engraved plaque.

The building on Farnham Road continues to take shape and The Centre makes for impressive viewing from the street.

The borough’s largest leisure facility will include:

  • 25m eight lane swimming pool with viewing gallery

  • 15m x 8.5m teaching pool with moveable floor

  • family changing village (wet)

  • poolside sauna and steam room

  • four court sports hall with specialist LED lit flooring 

  • 115 station gym

  • three exercise studios

  • male and female changing facilities (dry and fitness)

  • café

Councillor James Swindlehurst said: “We have buried a time capsule at The Centre to capture the history of this great site for the future.

“Whether in its original incarnation as a community centre for workers on the Slough Trading Estate in the 1930s, a more modern community centre in the 1990s or next as our flagship leisure facility, the site has served the residents of Slough brilliantly.”


Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment and leisure, added: “The Centre leisure facility is fast approaching completion and I become more and more impressed every time I visit.

“It will join Arbour Park, Slough Ice Arena, Salt Hill Activity Centre and Langley Leisure to complete our impressive provision of state-of-the-art leisure facilities in the town. Our broad range of leisure options means there really is something for all our residents to use and enjoy.”


The Centre build is being undertaken by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd, which is driving regeneration across the town including leisure, housing, community and school buildings.


Andy Howell, SUR General Manager, said: “The Centre is shaping up to be a great new leisure facility for local people and the time capsule is a fantastic way of capturing a moment in time of Slough.

“We are genuinely looking forward to it being open to the public in the spring and for families to enjoy being active.”


When open, The Centre will be managed by the council’s leisure provider, Everyone Active, which began a 10-year partnership with the council in June 2017.


Sally Thomas-Ellis, Everyone Active’s area contract manager, said: ““We’re incredibly excited about what The Centre is going to bring to Slough and this time capsule is quite fitting.

“The launch of The Centre is going to be a big moment for the local community and it’s pleasing that a little bit of this town’s history is going to be part of its future moving forward.”

The Centre is due to open to the public in the spring.