Work began on the £3.5million refurbishment of Leiston Leisure Centre this week.
And, on hand to help kick off the work was Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Customers, Communities and Leisure, Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf.
Cllr Haworth-Culf said: “We’re really excited that work has started to transform Leiston Leisure Centre into a modern, exciting facility. The work will be completed over several stages with an initial closure period of about six months needed to undertake structural work. The centre will be partly reopened once the first stage is completed, and we expect the whole centre to be fully reopened in summer 2019.
“I want to thank members and the community for their support for the redevelopment so far. I understand that the closure will cause some inconvenience but we need to do this work to bring the aging facility up to the standard we want for our leisure facilities.”
The centre closed at 9pm on Friday 31 August to undergo the £3.5 million refurbishment to bring state-of-the-art leisure facilities to Leiston.
The new leisure centre was designed with the Council’s leisure development partner, Pulse Design & Build and operators, Places Leisure, and includes a new spacious gym with modern equipment, and a new health suite by the pool area.
The plans also include a 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, which can also be used by the public when empty and individual changing cubicles and showers.
More fitness classes will be available with two new dance studios and a group cycling studio, which will also serve as multi-bookable rooms.
The refurbishment is part of the Council’s five year programme to improve leisure facilities for the district and encourage more people to become more active.
All current members of Leiston Leisure Centre have now been contacted by Places Leisure, regarding their membership and alternative options available to them during the closure.
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