It’s all happening at Leisure at Cheltenham

Published on 22nd February 2018

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£2.5m redevelopment starts on Monday 26 February.

Visitors and members will begin to notice changes at Leisure at Cheltenham as major improvement work begins to the group exercise studios, gym and reception area later this month.

This exciting £2.5m makeover development works have been commissioned and funded by Cheltenham Borough Council. £330,000 funding has been contributed by Sport England towards the swimming facilities as part of its Swim Local programme.

The plans include extending the fitness suite with two new exercise studios and new cardio equipment for the gym which will see improved functional training facilities; the new studios will also include virtual classes delivered through Les Mills to complement the existing exercise class programmes.

There will be a new aquatic play space and the changing spaces and reception area are also being upgraded.

Councillor Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles at Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “I am delighted and proud that Leisure at Cheltenham has grown so much in popularity in the past two years and as a council, I am pleased that we have been able to work with The Cheltenham Trust to bring forward these plans which will accommodate growing customer demand, both in the facilities and the classes and activities.’’

The Cheltenham Trust’s chief executive, Julie Finch, continues: “We’re very excited to see the project actually come to life after a significant amount of planning.

“As a not for profit organisation, we can continue to reinvest money back into our sites across Cheltenham, continually improving the customer experience and offering the best in health and fitness space and equipment. We were particularly keen to ensure that any of our customers who have special needs are properly catered for, which has resulted in a number of key re-design features.

‘’We believe that this redevelopment will provide better overall healthy lifestyle outcomes across all age ranges.

“The Trust is grateful for the support from Cheltenham Borough Council and is committed to working together to support the development of the town and what it has to offer its communities – now and into the future.”

To keep up to date with changes around the centre and to classes, members and visitors are asked to check posters around Leisure at Cheltenham and keep an eye on the leisure centre’s website and Facebook page, and email with any questions:

All work should be completed by the summer.


  • More information can be found in the cabinet report on the council’s website.
  • Funding from Swim Local comes in response to an almost 40% increase in membership using the health and fitness facilities, as well as making sure the centre caters for customers with disabilities.
  • The Cheltenham Trust is an independent registered charity responsible for the town’s £300m iconic cultural and leisure sites which also include the Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Rooms and The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum. It took over the running of these facilities from Cheltenham Borough Council in 2014.
  • Attracting over 570,000 visits per year, leisure at welcomes a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds. As well as local customers, competition events attract audiences from the UK and internationally. Through this project the Trust is seeking to grow new audiences by some 5 per cent and to increase the dwell time of existing audiences in order to improve health and wellbeing, offering great experiences for all the family whatever their age.
  • The redevelopment is part of the Trust’s broader vision to develop the diversity of experiences within the town that encourage public participation in diverse experiences that touch and inspire people be it through sport, culture, play, competition, heritage, learning, health and wellbeing. 

The vast majority of services will run as normal while the redevelopment is underway and customers will be kept up to date with regular newsletters and information displayed within the building and on the website.