The £4 million redevelopment of Leiston Leisure Centre was marked by an official reopening ceremony this week (Tuesday, 17 September 2019).
East Suffolk Council’s Chairman, Cllr Colin Hedgley carried out the all important opening duties alongside special guest, Andrea Thompson – our very own World Champion, who has been crowned the World’s Strongest Woman.
Cllr Colin Hedgley said: “Leiston first opened in 1975 with a sports hall and squash courts, the swimming pools were added in 1990 as a legacy from Sizewell B.
“Fast forward to 2019, this redevelopment is a major investment in the future health of the local community, and I think we have provided a fantastic facility that will serve the needs of Leiston and the surrounding area for the foreseeable future.
“Since the site reopened to the public we have had fantastic feedback from our customers. Knowing that people are responding so positively to their new Centre makes all the hard work worth it.”
After Cllr Hedgley and Andrea Thompson cut the ribbon to declare Leiston Leisure Centre officially open for business, our partners, Places Leisure, gave guests a tour of the new facilities.
Jeremy Boreham, Area Manager at Places Leisure, said: “Leiston Leisure Centre now has a great mix of facilities on offer – pool, gym, classes, indoor cycling, sauna/steam room, allowing us to provide varied programmes at affordable prices.
“Add in our passionate local staff who provides excellent customer service, and Leiston Leisure Centre is now a destination of choice. This is the place to be if you want to have fun while enjoying a healthier lifestyle. The team are looking forward to seeing you all soon.”
Leiston Leisure Centre was closed in September 2018 to undergo the £4 million refurbishment, and is the second project to be completed in East Suffolk Council’s Leisure Programme to improve leisure facilities and encourage more people to become active and fit.
The facility was designed with the Council’s development partner, Pulse Design & Build.
Matt Johnson, Executive Director of Pulse Design & Build, said:
“The redevelopment of Leiston Leisure Centre really showcases what can be achieved within the parameters for an existing facility, all on time and to budget.
“We are pleased to have worked with East Suffolk Council on this project and it is exciting to see the local community using and enjoying this impressive, modern and sustainable leisure centre we have created.”
For more information about the new and improved facilities and to sign up, please visit www.placesleisure.org/centres/leiston-leisure-centre/