New changing rooms on the way at Exmouth Leisure Centre
PUBLISHED: 11:16 15 September 2016
Work has begun on a new swimming pool changing area at Exmouth Leisure Centre.
LED Leisure Management Ltd is working with Alliance Leisure to create what it describes as ‘a modern, village-style changing facility’.
This will include dedicated schools and small group changing areas, extended family change and disabled facilities, all opening directly onto poolside.
There will also be new interactive equipment in and around the learner pool .
LED says there has been customer consultation about the new facilities, and the work is being carried out in partnership with East Devon District Council.
The work will take approximately six months and the swimming pool will remain open throughout, with temporary arrangements for changing in place.
It follows the completion last year of a £2 million project to develop the dry-side of the building by expanding the gym, and adding a climbing wall, toning studio and cycling studio.
Leisure manager Simon Findel-Hawkins said: “We are very excited about this latest phase of improvements to Exmouth Leisure Centre, which will hugely improve our customers’ swim experience.
“From Friday, September 16 there will be a new temporary entrance to the building and the temporary changing rooms with be available from September 26.
“We are working very hard to ensure the swimming pools will remain open throughout the improvements, to minimise any disruption for our customers”.
The overall cost of the work will be £800,000, with £300,000 covered by National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Improvement Fund.
It is one of 19 projects across England to share in £6.5 million of National Lottery investment from the latest round of funding.
The rest of the funding is split between LED and East Devon District Council, paying £245,000 each, and also fundraising efforts in conjunction with Exmouth Swimming & Lifesaving Society, aimed at adding £10,000 towards the costs of a pool hoist to ensure the pool is accessible to people of all abilities.