A £14 million investment by the Council is being used to fund much-needed improvements and upgrades to two centres in Leamington Spa and Warwick, with a second phase of upgrades to follow for Kenilworth.
Councillor Michael Coker, Portfolio Holder for Culture at Warwick District Council comments, “I am delighted that work will now commence, allowing our residents to enjoy the brand new, state of the art facilities by the end of next year.
“Proposed designs for the new facilities are the result of detailed design work, with input from architects, Sport England and council officers, and reflect the outcome of public consultation undertaken in January and February this year.”
The centre at Newbold Comyn will be home to a brand new extension which will house three new fitness studios, a ‘clip and climb’ climbing wall and a new sports hall - all built to Sport England standard.
The swimming pool will also be refurbished alongside the addition of wet changing rooms for the pool and shower area. Plans also include a new 100-station gym and improved disabled facilities.
Running alongside the Newbold Comyn redevelopment, St Nicholas Park leisure centre is also being extended to house a new 80 station gym and two new fitness studios. The swimming pool changing rooms will be completely replaced and new changing rooms will serve the gym and studios alongside various refurbishments to the swimming pool
The existing sports hall will have new lights and a new colour scheme.
Building contractor Speller Metcalfe, who successfully refurbished Stratford Leisure Centre in 2015, has been selected to undertake both schemes.
“Speller Metcalfe is absolutely delighted to be a part of such an exciting leisure development for the residents of Leamington Spa and Warwick,” said managing director of Speller Metcalfe, Des O’Neill.
“The modernisation of each centre will not only result in fantastic facilities for users, but also create opportunities for employment and investment in the local economy during the construction stage of the build.”
Construction works are set to complete at the end of 2017.