Operator Announced for New Leisure Centre
The operator set to run a new leisure centre in Tewkesbury has been announced.
Tewkesbury Borough Council is aiming to have its new £7.5m facility built and open by July 2016, and it will be run and managed by Places for People Leisure.
Places for People Leisure is a social enterprise with a very successful track record of managing more than 100 local authority leisure facilities across the country for nearly 25 years. As well as bringing a range of expertise and new ideas to the table, Places for People Leisure will operate the centre at no cost to the council – creating significant ongoing savings whilst providing high quality services and activities for the residents of the borough to enjoy.
Once it is open, staff working at Tewkesbury’s existing leisure centre Cascades will transfer to work at the new facility, and in the meantime the borough council is reminding its customers that Cascades will continue to run as normal.
Located next to the council offices on Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, the new leisure centre will include a main 25m pool as well as a 20m learner/trainer pool - which will be bigger and deeper than the current learner pool at Cascades - allowing more flexibility and the opportunity for more people to train and learn to swim.
Recognising the popularity of the current fun features at Cascades, fountains and cannons will be among the attractions built into the new centre.
There will also be a whole host of dry side facilities available too, including an adaptable 60 station gym, sauna and steam rooms, a flexible activities studio - which could be used for a whole range of sessions including dance, fitness classes and children's parties - and a café and shop.
Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing Cllr Claire Wright said: “After a competitive procurement exercise, Places for People Leisure were chosen as they are the perfect fit to run our new leisure centre and we are looking forward to working closely with them to ensure we offer a facility that’s got something for everyone. This project is running full steam ahead now that the contracts for the management and the build have been signed, and we are looking forward to sharing the progress as it happens.”
Places for People Leisure Business Development Director Tim Hewett said “We are delighted and proud to have been chosen to operate the council’s prestigious new leisure facility. As a Social Enterprise our mission is to ‘create active places and healthy people’. We therefore, applaud the council’s vision of building a new leisure facility and look forward to working with them and providing high quality services and activities to the residents of the borough in the future”.
Build work on the new leisure centre is set to start on 9 February and will be carried out by Wilmott Dixon. As part of the works, a new memorial garden will be created so that the council’s memorial trees, which are currently dotted around the council offices site, can be re-sited together in one place. Where possible, the existing memorial trees will be saved and relocated, and where this is not possible new trees will be planted and a re-dedication event held with the relevant outside organisations.