Two leisure centre revamps under way

March 24 2017

MAJOR revamps are under way at two local leisure centres - Yate and Longwell Green.

MAJOR revamps are under way at two local leisure centres - Yate and Longwell Green.

At Yate, a temporary pool is due to open on April 1, when both pools will close for essential maintenance and refurbishment.

The temporary pool has been put up on part of the Kennedy Way car park so that swimming can continue until the work is completed in the autumn. It is 18 metres long and ten metres wide, with a depth of one metre. Swimmers can reach it from the corridor of the main building using an enclosed walkway, so they will be under cover at all times.

Circadian Trust, the social enterprise that runs the centre, said public swimming and all lessons would carry on in the temporary pool throughout the closure of the main 25-metre pool and the smaller “learner” pool.

However, anyone who doesn’t want to use the temporary facility can use the pools at the other Active Centres in Bradley Stoke, Longwell Green, Kingswood and Thornbury.

The trust said the Yate pools and plant equipment required essential maintenance work in order to remain in operation.

Pipework and plant will be replaced with new, environmentally friendly equipment which will secure the future sustainability of the facilities.

A spokesman for Circadian said: “We want there to be minimal disruption to customers and the team at Yate look forward to welcoming customers into the refurbished pool in the autumn.”

Meanwhile, at  Longwell Green, work has started on a £1.5 million revamp that will include more poolside showers and new changing rooms. The project will also deliver a new fitness studio with an additional 25 stations to meet growing demand, as well as a new entrance to the building and lobby.

It is being funded by South Gloucestershire Council in partnership with Alliance Leisure, who also partnered on the recently completed £3.6m transformation of the Bradley Stoke Active Centre.  The architects are Studio Four Architects and the design and build is being  carried out by Createability.

Ben Beasley, director of commercial cevelopment, said: “Longwell Green Leisure Centre is one of our most popular Active Centres so we are very excited that we are going to be able to both expand the facility and offer a range of new activities.

“The work will result in a significantly improved sports and leisure provision locally, reinvesting in local communities, which is at the core of what we do as a charity.”

The project will be carried out in phases and is due for completion at the end of 2017.