It has been a great start for Leiston Leisure Centre as its new state-of-the-art facilities are attracting the crowds.
The centre partly reopened on 17 June following the completion of Phase One, after closing in August 2018 to undergo a £4 million redevelopment as part of East Suffolk Council’s five year programme to improve leisure facilities and encourage more people to become active.
There has been a great response to the new and improved facilities so far, with people diving into the pool and the new thermal suite proving a big hit. In total, over 5,000 people visited in the first two weeks.
Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism, said:
“It has certainly been a couple of busy weeks for Leiston Leisure Centre and it is really exciting to see so many people enjoying the new and improved facilities in the swimming and reception area. Phase Two of the redevelopment is going really well and is right on track to reopen this summer.
“We are committed to getting more people active and fit, and the redevelopment at Leiston is part of the Council’s investment to provide high quality, modern leisure facilities that the whole community can enjoy for years to come.”
Jeremy Boreham, Area Manager for Places Leisure, said:
“We are very excited to continue working in partnership with East Suffolk Council at Leiston Leisure Centre following the reopening of Phase One, bringing a brand new thermal suite, vibrant adventure area and modernised village style changing area.
“Exciting developments are also underway with Phase Two, including plans to extend the fitness suite and dance studios, allowing us to develop our fitness and class offerings. Fitness, sport and health; whatever place you’re into we have something for you. You can learn a new skill, get back into sport, improve your fitness or continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Matt Johnson, Executive Director at Pulse Design and Build, said:
“The redevelopment of Leiston Leisure Centre showcases what can be achieved within the parameters of an existing facility, all on time and to budget. The leisure centre’s mix of new build and remodelling is testament to our team’s ability to design and create a concept that integrates cutting edge facilities; making the most from re-worked existing spaces.
“With its new build reception, soft play area, thermal suite, remodelled village change and state-of-the-art disabled facilities, the leisure centre has greatly improved amenities to benefit the whole community. Our work has now moved on to Phase Two, which will see further refurbished, remodelled and enhanced spaces including squash courts, a sports hall, large fitness suite, studios and dry change.”
The redevelopment is on schedule and Phase Two, which includes the sports halls, squash courts, fitness studio and dance studios, is due to be completed in August 2019.