AN AWARD-WINNING leisure centre looks set to get even better as the council has set aside £1.5m for improvement work.
Fareham Borough Council has agreed plans to spend £1.5m on refurbishing Fareham Leisure Centre.
The centre was awarded Leisure Centre of the Year in the UKactive and MatrixFlame industry awards in July.
The centre has gone from strength-to-strength since Everyone Active took over the general running of the centre, in partnership with Fareham Borough Council, in 2005. It now has around 700,000 visits per year.
The new investment will see the 34-year-old existing facilities undergo a major refresh - including the refurbishment of the two pools, new changing rooms and a pool water filtration plant.
The outside of the buiding, on Park Lane, will also undergo a make-over to bring it up to a modern design.
Ian Cook, area contract manager, said: ‘Fareham leisure centre is a fantastic venue with very loyal customers, this refurbishment will provide them with much improved facilities with a modern, fresh feel.
‘The council has always been very supportive and this refurbishment will certainly ensure the centre looks its very best and continues to provide the high standards that saw the centre receive the Leisure Centre of the Year award.
The works are expected to start next summer and will be carried out by current contractors Sport & Leisure Management (SLM).
Fareham Borough Council has pledged to work with SLM to ensure swimming facilities are provided while the pool is closed, which may even see the construction of a temporary pool facility.
Executive member for leisure Cllr Connie Hockley said: ‘As the pool was opened in 1979 it’s understandably starting to look a bit tired.
‘The leisure centre has 60,000 customer visits every month, so they’ll soon have even better facilities to enjoy.
‘This investment is great news for the borough and I’m looking forward to seeing it come to fruition next year.’
Royal Navy veteran Richard Hunt uses the leisure centre to train for his round-Britain charity kayak attempt.
He said: ‘I’m thrilled to hear about this investment, it’s a fab centre. The staff make it so good. This refurbishment can only benefit more people in the community.’