We are really excited to announce that plans for the redevelopment of Urmston Leisure Centre have been given the go ahead by the council and building contractors Willmott Dixon have been appointed to start the work, which we expect to be completed by the end of this year.
The £6.5 million overhaul, which is part of the council's overarching plans for leisure improvements across the borough, is an important milestone that will see your leisure centre brought smack bang into the 21st Century, with modern, fun, fit for purpose facilities that we hope will make keeping active even more attractive.
The plans, which follow extensive consultation with the local community, include replacing the front section of the building with a double-height, welcoming lounge/cafe area complete with modern touch screens for class and activity booking and a soft play area.
Large, brightly coloured pods either side will house two fitness studios, changing areas and children’s party rooms, as well as an 8m high clip and climb, adventure climbing experience. A brand new, glass fronted gym with functional training area will be created on the first floor, with views across the front of the building as well as into the refurbished pool at the back of the centre. The ground floor facilities will also include a wellness studio, offering health-focussed training for everyone from elite athletes to those who have never exercised before, as well as people needing physical and medical support with their activity regime.
You may be aware that this planning approval follows further good news on the future of leisure in the borough, with professional basketball team, Manchester Giants, announcing the George H Carnall centre as its new home. We have met with Manchester Giants and are looking forward to working closely in partnership going forward for the benefit of the local community. We are also happy that Urmston customers will be able to continue uninterrupted on their physical activity journey by using the George H Carnall as and when necessary, throughout the building work.
A proposed timeline for the Urmston redevelopment will be confirmed early March and will include measures to ensure the impact on you as customers is kept to a minimum during the works.
We are also excited to announce that we will be launching a new website and booking app this year. The website’s new capabilities, as well as the smartphone app, will ensure the experience you enjoy at the new Urmston Leisure Centre.
Jo Cherrett - Chief Operating Officer