Bath Sports and Leisure Centre is being officially opened – later this month – following the successful completion of a £10 million refurbishment which has included a new trampoline park and a ten-pin bowling alley.
The refurbishment was completed to budget in late 2018, and the centre will be officially opened by Bath and North East Somerset Council Chair, Councillor Karen Walker together with representatives from GLL and Sport England on January 23.
Work started to transform the building into a modern and dynamic centre in July 2016 after £1.5million of funding was secured from the National Lottery through a bid to the Inspired Facilities Fund which is administered by Sport England.
Bath & North East Somerset Council has been working in partnership with charitable social enterprise GLL, which operates the council’s leisure centres under the Better brand, to refurbish the centre with the aim of motivating more people to get active more often.
Bath Sports and Leisure Centre was in need of updating and now residents and visitors have access to first class sports and leisure facilities at the centre in North Parade Road.
Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods, said: “A lot of investment has gone into providing a really great leisure centre which offers much more than most, with its new trampoline park and bowling alley as well as the pool refurbishment and enhanced fitness suite. They are all superb sport and leisure facilities which aim to motivate more people to get more active more often.”
Justine Foster, GLL Partnership Manage, added: “We are looking forward to operating this fantastic facility. Following the refurbishment, Bath Sports and Leisure Centre is a facility that we are proud of and will deliver a high quality service and additional activities which many people can enjoy.”
Bath & North East Somerset Council has been working closely with Sport England to ensure the project suits its national aims of providing accessible leisure facilities that encourage people to live active lives. The approved scheme forms part of the council’s continued investment in improving leisure facilities across the district.
The extensive programme of repairs, upgrades and new additions at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre include:
- A new teaching and leisure pool
- Transformation of the beach area of the fun pool into an interactive water-play area for children of all ages and abilities
- New and improved changing spaces
- An enhanced fitness suite
- New double-storey soft play attraction
- New studio space and party rooms
- New leisure reception area and café/diner
- A trampoline park
- 8-lane ten-pin bowling
- Re-modelled main reception space
Work has now started on the £11 million refurbishment of Keynsham Leisure Centre. This project is being delivered by the council through its chosen contractor Kier in partnership with GLL and Sport England.
The investment in leisure centres in Bath, Keynsham and Culverhay will help support delivery of the council’s ambitious Fit for Life strategy, which is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the area, now and into the future.
Its aim is to motivate more people to get more active more often, especially families, young people, older people and those who are overweight and find ways to make physical activity more central to people’s lives.
The strategy also puts the spotlight on the contribution that sport and physical activity can make to Bath and North East Somerset’s economy, how they can help boost local communities by bringing people together and reducing social isolation, and the role they play in creating a sustainable environment.
To find out more about your local leisure centre go to www.better.org.uk