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Leiston Leisure Centre on the mark for £3.5M refurbishment

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 8 May 2018 | Comments

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Suffolk Coastal is bringing state-of-the-art leisure facilities to Leiston, after plans for a £3.5M refurbishment was given the go ahead.

Work on Leiston Leisure Centre is due to start in September 2018. The centre will need to be closed for 4 months to undergo structural work, with the pool due to reopen in January 2019 and the whole centre is expected to be fully open in summer 2019.

Leiston is the second leisure facility to undergo refurbishment in Suffolk Coastal’s leisure redevelopment programme, and will be followed by Felixstowe. Deben Leisure Centre, the first facility to be redeveloped, is due to reopen in mid-June.  

Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said: “With the reopening of Deben Leisure Centre only a matter of weeks away, it is great news that Leiston has got approval for much-needed work.

“We have worked closely with the communities to make sure we create a facility they can be proud of, and I would like to thank everyone for their feedback and support so far.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the closure of Leiston Leisure Centre, and assure members that other options will be made available to them nearer the time.”

Extensive consultation has been carried out throughout the redevelopment programme with the local communities, including sport groups and users, the Town Council, Alde Valley Academy and the general public.

The feedback received has been positive, with some constructive comments on the plans and the design. Where possible these have been included in the revised plans and will continue to shape the programme on an ongoing basis.

The new enhanced facility will include an extension and the first floor will feature a large gym with modern equipment, including zones for cardiovascular, strength and resistance.

There will be a new high quality village style changing area by the pool. This will be family friendly with cubicles for parent and child, separate changing areas for groups and individual changing cubicles and showers.

The reception area will have a coffee shop and a soft play area for children, which will provide a great view of the pool.

A new thermal suite, featuring a sauna and steam room, a feature shower and a relaxation area, will be accessible from the pool area.

There will be more fitness classes available with two new dance studios and a group cycling studio, which will also serve as multi-bookable rooms.

The two squash courts had been removed from the original plan, but following feedback from the squash club and other users, these have been retained in the new plan.

Our operators, Places Leisure, will be contacting members of Leiston Leisure Centre, with options available to them during the closure.

If you want more information about the leisure redevelopment programme, you can email our Leisure Team on leisure@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Or for more information about the leisure centres and progress, go to our Leisure page.