Breathing new life into Kingston town centre – the Kingfisher, Cattle Market and Guildhall campus sites

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Our vision is to renew our historic town centre to make it even better for our residents, local businesses, students and visitors. This will help to diversify our local economy beyond retail and ignite a vibrant leisure and cultural scene.

As part of this, we are delivering a brand-new, modern community leisure, well-being, and cultural destination on the site of the Kingfisher Leisure Centre which is accessible for all our residents and offers a range of facilities that benefit everyone. This will also mean improving the public spaces near the building, including those around the Kingston Museum and Library.

We are also at the early stages of considering what we might deliver on the site of the Cattle Market car park. We are exploring how this site might provide much needed town centre homes, particularly affordable homes, alongside a mix of other uses.

Our most recent public engagement
Following our first listening exercise in March and April this year which asked you about your priorities for the Kingfisher, Cattle Market and Guildhall complex sites, we recently held a further round of engagement which ran between 5 July and 1 August 2021. This engagement focused on our proposed plans for the new leisure centre and initial ideas for the Cattle Market car park site.

Thank you to everyone who engaged with us. We heard from thousands of you, gathering really helpful feedback and ideas about the new leisure facility and the Cattle Market site. We are immensely grateful to everyone who got involved and gave their views. Thank you for taking part – your feedback will help shape our proposals. The new leisure centre will incorporate many of the facilities people want to see, including:

  • two new pools
  • a splash deck
  • a soft play area for children
  • sports facilities
  • a clip and climb wall
  • & more!

What happens next?

In November, we will hold a final stage of engagement before submitting a planning application for the Kingfisher site to the Local Planning Authority. Using your feedback, we have been doing detailed design work.

We are excited to share some initial images here which show what the new leisure centre may look like - including exciting family-friendly facilities like a toddler pool, interactive climbing wall and a teaching pool where floaties and water play sessions will be available for your older children.

We will also be considering your feedback on the Cattle Market car park concepts, developing early designs and bringing these forward for your comments later this year. There will then be another round of engagement next year before a planning application for this site is submitted.

Plans for the Guildhall complex sites are still at an early stage. We will be bringing these forward for your feedback in 2022 and will provide a range of opportunities for you to have your say on what could be delivered here.

Although our surveys are now closed, you can still get in touch by:

  • Emailing us at transformkingston@kingston.gov.uk
  • Calling our Freephone line on 0800 044 3916

To keep up to date with the project, please register your interest here or keep an eye on www.transformkingston.co.uk.


Please subscribe to make sure you hear about the next phases of engagement


Our vision is to renew our historic town centre to make it even better for our residents, local businesses, students and visitors. This will help to diversify our local economy beyond retail and ignite a vibrant leisure and cultural scene.

As part of this, we are delivering a brand-new, modern community leisure, well-being, and cultural destination on the site of the Kingfisher Leisure Centre which is accessible for all our residents and offers a range of facilities that benefit everyone. This will also mean improving the public spaces near the building, including those around the Kingston Museum and Library.

We are also at the early stages of considering what we might deliver on the site of the Cattle Market car park. We are exploring how this site might provide much needed town centre homes, particularly affordable homes, alongside a mix of other uses.

Our most recent public engagement
Following our first listening exercise in March and April this year which asked you about your priorities for the Kingfisher, Cattle Market and Guildhall complex sites, we recently held a further round of engagement which ran between 5 July and 1 August 2021. This engagement focused on our proposed plans for the new leisure centre and initial ideas for the Cattle Market car park site.

Thank you to everyone who engaged with us. We heard from thousands of you, gathering really helpful feedback and ideas about the new leisure facility and the Cattle Market site. We are immensely grateful to everyone who got involved and gave their views. Thank you for taking part – your feedback will help shape our proposals. The new leisure centre will incorporate many of the facilities people want to see, including:

  • two new pools
  • a splash deck
  • a soft play area for children
  • sports facilities
  • a clip and climb wall
  • & more!

What happens next?

In November, we will hold a final stage of engagement before submitting a planning application for the Kingfisher site to the Local Planning Authority. Using your feedback, we have been doing detailed design work.

We are excited to share some initial images here which show what the new leisure centre may look like - including exciting family-friendly facilities like a toddler pool, interactive climbing wall and a teaching pool where floaties and water play sessions will be available for your older children.

We will also be considering your feedback on the Cattle Market car park concepts, developing early designs and bringing these forward for your comments later this year. There will then be another round of engagement next year before a planning application for this site is submitted.

Plans for the Guildhall complex sites are still at an early stage. We will be bringing these forward for your feedback in 2022 and will provide a range of opportunities for you to have your say on what could be delivered here.

Although our surveys are now closed, you can still get in touch by:

  • Emailing us at transformkingston@kingston.gov.uk
  • Calling our Freephone line on 0800 044 3916

To keep up to date with the project, please register your interest here or keep an eye on www.transformkingston.co.uk.


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