A new £2.2 million upgrade and extension to Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket, including a new gym, poolside features and changing rooms, is now underway.
Mid Suffolk District Council, which owns the centre managed by leisure provider Everyone Active, is investing the money in the project as part of their plans to upgrade their leisure provision in the district.
The works, carried out by Callix Leisure Ltd and expected to be completed by Winter 2020, will include:
- An extension to the current building to house a newly refurbished fitness suite, doubling the number of stations from 50 to 100;
- Refurbished showers and toilets in the fitness changing rooms;
- Updated poolside railings and glass barriers;
- Introduction of Poolview technology to support lifeguards;
- New self-service facilities for customers to book activities and classes;
- Essential repairs and decorating, including mechanical and electrical upgrades, as well as external signage.
A refresh of the sports hall, café, dance studios, public areas and shower and toilet facilities for swimmers, have already been completed during lockdown, to ensure the phased re-opening of the centre could take place without unnecessary delay, taking the first steps towards recovery from Covid-19.
Julie Flatman, cabinet member for communities and housing at Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “I’m excited this work has now begun at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre and I look forward to customers being able to use the new facilities once complete. This project forms part of our wider vision for Stowmarket, while ensuring we develop our sports and leisure infrastructure in Mid Suffolk to support our residents to remain active.
“We understand the importance of the health and wellbeing of our communities, and achieving the aims set out in our Leisure, Sport & Physical Activity Strategy will be of paramount importance over coming months and years.”
Anselm Gurney, contract manager for Everyone Active leisure centres in Mid Suffolk, said: “It’s great we’re now starting work to upgrade facilities for our customers at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, to improve the fitness experience over the coming years. The new gym equipment is already being used by customers and is currently housed in the bowls hall, before it’ll move into the new extension once complete.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely in partnership with Mid Suffolk District Council, to benefit the local community by achieving our objective of getting everyone active.”
Works to refresh facilities at Stradbroke Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre were also completed this month, following a further investment of £200k by the council, and are already being enjoyed by customers.
Everyone Active is also set to introduce and co-ordinate a new outreach programme in Mid Suffolk, which would aim to bring sport and activity to a wider community to achieve the outcomes in the council’s Leisure, Sport and Physical Activity Strategy.