Suffolk Coastal has embarked into a five year programme of redevelopment of the district’s leisure centres. The work is part of the council’s commitment to improve our leisure centre offer and to encourage more people to become more active.
"We’re delighted that we now have plans in place to ensure we have high quality leisure centres across the district that will become places communities can be proud of. When our leisure centres were first built, they gave our communities a great sense of pride, such as Deben Pool which couldn’t have been built without the support and hard work of local groups and residents.
However, our leisure centres are now ageing and need updating to today’s and future standards so that they have the best facilities and become the destinations of choice for our residents.”
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, cabinet member for Customers, Communities and Leisure
One of Suffolk Coastal’s 10 critical success factors in its Business Plan focuses on the need to provide high-quality, modern leisure centres that the whole community can enjoy, with state-of-the-art equipment, that come at no additional cost to the tax payer.
The work builds on the progress made by the Leisure Strategy formed in 2014, which sets out how improvements to the leisure provision will be made across the district, over the next ten years.
Deben Leisure Centre is the first leisure centre to receive an upgrade, followed by Leiston and Felixstowe.
It is expected that refurbishments will start at Deben Leisure Centre in autumn 2017, with the other centres following in subsequent years.
Proposals for Deben Leisure Centre are being developed to take account of the current and future market and with the benefit of customer feedback. They will include an additional floor added to the front of the building, with purpose built family changing areas and separate changing facilities for use by schools.
Two studios are also being provided, one to incorporate a spin room and the other for fitness classes, which will also be available for community hire. The new gym has been designed to be more spacious, featuring modern equipment and the pool area will feature a new health suite with a steam room, sauna and ice room.
Suffolk Coastal is working closely with its operational leisure partners, Places for People Leisure, to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and existing users receive regular communications and updates. A series of frequently asked questions are available and will be updated periodically.
If you would like to receive personal updates on the redevelopment programme, please contact us.