A sports club “anchored” at the heart of the Marlow community continues to flourish as potential plans for a £2 million clubhouse are revealed.

Members at the Marlow Sports Club on Pound Lane hope they will soon wave goodbye to the current "outdated" clubhouse after architect firm Heighway Associates revealed fresh plans for the site.

As well as creating a sporting and social spot for the community, it is hoped the “green” two storey building will help preserve Marlow’s green spaces for future generations - if plans are approved by the council.

The new plans should be submitted to Wycombe District Council by the end of September, according to Jonathan Heighway, of Heighway Associates.

He said: “We wanted to create a real community facility that everyone can enjoy and benefit from no matter their age or ability.

“You know me I like doing the community stuff and I like to get stuck in. What is there at the moment is horrible. It is cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

“We wanted to design a building that people can see in to - it is a very light building and inviting.

“This was all through the Chamber of Commerce. They (Marlow Sports Club) were talking to lots of different architects and we really gelled with them which was great.

“There are a lot of people who have not renewed their (Chamber of Commerce) membership because they say they are not getting anything out of it – but it is not all about that. It’s about meeting people and helping each other."

The new centre aims to provide a “sanctuary” rooted in sport and promote physical and emotional wellbeing.

The plans for the building include four changing rooms, a community café and separate bar.

The Marlow Sports Club has undergone a transformation over the past ten years  and has increased its membership from 300 to 2,200 members across 20 acres of land.

The club – which caters for a number of sports including hockey and cricket – won a four year battle in 2011 to secure the Pound Lane site.

The club’s patrons includes Team GB Olympic hockey star Alex Danson, as well as Sir Steve Redgrave and Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward.

The hockey pitch is also used by teams from Sir William Borlase's Grammar School, on West Street.