Leisure at Cheltenham’s £2.5 million redevelopment moves forward

Published on 30th May 2018

children playing in shallow swimming pool

Phase one nears completion and within budget. Work to install a new splash pad starts early June

Major work to enhance and improve Leisure at Cheltenham is moving forward and being delivered within budget.

The new gym has been completed; the reception area has been remodelled and has a new welcoming reception desk and retail space which has improved customers’ experience and includes fast track kiosks for members.

Work to the swim changing rooms starts this week, so customers will start to see certain areas closed off with signs directing people to new temporary routes and areas.

Work to create a much desired water play area for young children and their carers has begun and will provide a shallow pool and splash play facilities. 

Julie Finch, CEO of The Cheltenham Trust, says: “We’re really pleased with how the project is progressing so far and absolutely delighted that it remains on schedule.   

“Our new gym boasts the latest range of Precor equipment and inclusive fitness equipment allowing us to better cater for our disabled users. The upgraded changing rooms have new showers, lockers and facilities to assist those with disabilities.   

“The new reception area is making a huge difference to customers’ experience and should keep queuing times to a minimum.

“The long-awaited new splash pool will provide a new shallow pool with plenty of interactive features to encourage youngsters to play and have fun in the water.

“We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience during this time however we will ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Cllr Flo Clucas cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, says: “This project delivers a much needed investment into one of Cheltenham’s most used assets and will help provide better overall healthy lifestyles for all ages and abilities for our residents and visitors; the council is delighted to be working in partnership with The Cheltenham Trust on this project.”

More detailed information on the leisure centre’s development work can be seen on their new microsite www.cheltenhamleisuredevelopment.co.uk; website www.leisureatcheltenham.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/leisureat. Customers are asked to email redevelopment@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk with any questions.

The project at Leisure at is part of a £2.5million partnership project between The Cheltenham Trust, Cheltenham Borough Council, Sport England and Gloucestershire County Council designed to develop and enhance the Leisure at experience for visitors and members.   

This splash pool is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2018.

For media enquiries, contact: Jemima Lawson, communications officer, telephone 01242 264332, email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

Notes: The image used is an illustration of the proposed splash pad.

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.

The Cheltenham Trust, manage and develop Leisure at as part of their portfolio of venues.  As a charity the Trust focus on enriching the lives of visitors and developing Cheltenham’s iconic assets which include Leisure at, the Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham Town Hall, The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum and Pittville Pump Room. 

Funding from Sport England through the Swim Local initiative has been achieved by the Trust to improve the swim offer at Leisure at, encouraging those who don’t normally swim to be part of a programme of activity and benefit from upgrades to the facilities. Gloucestershire County Council match funded the project for disabled changing facilities.

More information about funding for the project can be found in the cabinet report on the council’s website (www.cheltenham.gov.uk).

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.

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.

Attracting over 570,000 visits per year, Leisure at Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham Trust is seeking to grow new audiences by some five 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.