Lichfield Leisure Centre

A proposed image of the new leisure centre.We are working on a project to transform Stychbrook Park into a new multi-functional leisure facility.

Planning approval for the new leisure centre was granted in January 2024. Our ambitions is to deliver the leisure centre by the end of the year 2024.

Why are we building a new leisure facility?

We need to replace the current ageing Friary Grange Leisure Centre and give residents a safe, exciting community facility. Although significant repairs have been carried out the building is nearing the end of its useful life.

This new leisure centre is vitally important to the future of the city and the district and represents so much more than just a building.

We know that exercise and keeping fit is of importance to keep health at all ages, and we are committed to investing in leisure activities for all age groups.

We hope that this new facility, alongside Burntwood Leisure Centre, will become a focal point for helping increase participation in leisure and sport across our district.

The new leisure centre will be located at Stychbrook Park, Lichfield.

The new leisure centre facilities will include:

  • Reception area.
  • New 25m, 6 lane variable depth swimming pool.
  • Poolside seating and new changing village.
  • 80 station fitness gym with assessment room & equipment store.
  • Spin studio.
  • Dance studio.
  • Community room.
  • New external 3G pitch.
  • New outdoor changing rooms.
Swimming pool Spin studio Dance studio


“Whether as a training ground for the next generation of Olympians, or as a community hub in which to stay physically and mentally in superb health, all of us at ReCreation are thrilled to be developing this new leisure centre for the people of Lichfield” Becky Adlington OBE

In June 2023 suitably qualified and experienced consultants ReCreation were awarded the contract to develop the designs for the facility to help ensure we deliver the best option for local residents.

“We are delighted to be developing this exciting new facility with the council, for the benefit of the people of Lichfield. Using our cutting-edge methods of design and construction, our mission is to build inviting swimming pools and recreational facilities that people love going to. By appointing us at ReCreation, the council have enabled local residents to have their own state-of-the-art, well-being destination” Adrian Turner, Director of Developments at ReCreation

Latest design proposals

A preview of Stychbrook
Updated CGI design (October 2023) Proposed materials – cement board & timber cladding


As part of the design process we are also considering the latest lighting technologies to minimise potential light pollution, highways experts will help resolve any traffic challenges and biodiversity experts will help us to ensure that the areas surrounding the facility are enhanced for our wildlife and vegetation.

Progress updates

October 2019 Full Council decided a replacement facility would be built and to maintain and keep the Friary Grange leisure centre open until the new facility is completed

October 2020 Cabinet approved Stychbrook Park as the preferred new leisure centre site

September 2021 Cabinet agreed target mix of facilities to be used in development of the new leisure centre

September – October 2021 Public consultation carried out

May 2022 Cabinet approved appropriation of the Stychbrook Park land for the development

February 2023 Cabinet approved funding of £10m provided by the Council for the development of the new facility

June 2023 Consultants ReCreation were awarded the contract to develop the designs for the facility

July – December 2023 Community engagement and consultation on updated design proposals and plans

October 2023 Planning application submitted

January 2024 Planning application approved – view planning report and meeting online

To read the detailed decision reports, please visit the links below on the main Lichfield District Council website:

Find out more

We will be holding local drop-in sessions throughout the build project, so there will be opportunities to see the latest developments and ask any questions.

If you would like us to be notified about future events please fill in our registration form. Your details will never be passed onto any other third party and we will only communicate with you about the Stychbrook Park development. View our privacy notice.

Alternatively, read our frequently asked questions.

If you have any further queries, you can also contact us at:

Tel: 01543 308000