The £3.5 million redevelopment of Deben Leisure Centre was marked by an official re-opening ceremony on Saturday (6 October 2018).
Suffolk Coastal’s Chairman, Cllr Nicky Yeo carried out the all important opening duties alongside Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for customers, communities and leisure.
Cllr Yeo, said: “This £3.5 million redevelopment is the first significant investment in the facility since a roof was added to the pool in 1984, and I think we have provided a fantastic facility that will serve the needs of the community for the foreseeable future.
“I would like to thank the Council’s Leisure Development Partners, Pulse Design and Build, our operators, Places Leisure and Sport England for the £500,000 grant to help fund the facility.
“Last, but certainly not least, I would also like to thank the users of Deben Leisure Centre, particularly the very loyal members who have given us a great deal of feedback on the redevelopment and have been very passionate about the final results.”
After Cllr Yeo and Cllr Haworth-Culf cut the ribbon to declare Deben Leisure Centre officially open for business, our partners, Places Leisure staged a range of activities including personal trainer tasters, group exercise sessions and family fit exercise classes which were free for both members and non-members.
Jeremy Boreham, Area Manager at Places Leisure, said: “Deben Leisure Centre is now more than just a pool. The mix of facilities on offer – pool, gym, classes, indoor cycling, sauna/steam room, allows us to provide varied programmes at affordable prices.
“Add in our passionate local staff who provides excellent customer service, and Deben 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.”
Deben Leisure Centre was closed in September 2017 to undergo a £3.5 million refurbishment, and is the first project to be completed in Suffolk Coastal’s five year 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 and Build, said: “The redevelopment of Deben Leisure Centre really showcases what can be achieved within the parameters for an existing facility, all on time and to budget.
“It is exciting to see the local community using and enjoying this impressive, modern and sustainable leisure centre we have created.”