£2.4 million extension and refurbishment of leisure centre completed

A £2.4m extension and refurbishment at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, in Sudbury, is making it possible for more customers to enjoy a safe return to fitness following lockdown.

The latest phase of works and the addition of new facilities at the leisure centre was completed last month as part of a £2.4 million investment by Babergh District Council – which includes £100,000 provided through Community Infrastructure Levy funds – to modernise leisure facilities in the town.

The newly refurbished and extended gym was originally intended to house a further 100 work out stations, including weight machines, treadmills and other exercise equipment.  

Now, although the gym is still running at lower than usual capacity, the additional space helps customers who are returning since lockdown to exercise safely, allowing extra room for social distancing.

Further work on the centre is now continuing, with the next phase including the refurbishment of the poolside wet changing and toilet facilities, and improved lighting, décor, and mechanical equipment. 

Derek Davis, cabinet member for communities at Babergh District Council, said: “Making sure we have the right facilities to enable our customers to remain healthy and stay active is of paramount importance to us. It’s great to see works at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre so close to completion.

“While many customers are already enjoying the new facilities, I hope that these improvements will enable even more residents and future generations to get active over coming years. Both these, and the upgrades taking place at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure are part of our continued commitment to ensuring our communities have healthy futures in the place we’re proud to call home.”

Tracey Loynds, development director for Abbeycroft Leisure, said: “It’s wonderful to see our customers return and enjoying the new facilities – and it’s exciting we’re very nearly there with the new wet side changing village. We have of course changed a few things since we reopened in July in light of Covid-19, including Covid-safe cleaning measures and asking customers to book in advance of their visit so we can ensure the safety of our customers and staff. More information is available on our website.

“The patience of our customers whilst we finalise the remainder of the works is very much appreciated, and we look forward to welcoming back even more customers over coming months.”

Providing Government Covid-19 guidelines allow, the centre will remain open throughout the remainder of works – with the phased approach designed to cause minimum disruption to members.

Works are expected to be completed by Autumn 2020, with current members and those wishing to join able to find more information at www.acleisure.com/comeback

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